How Does Child Poverty Relate to Adult Success?

Testimony

How Does Child Poverty Relate to Adult Success?

Testimony before before theCommittee on Agriculture, Subcommittee on NutritionUnited States House of Representatives
October 27, 2015

Abstract

In this hearing on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program before the Subcommittee on Nutrition of the US House Agriculture Committee, Caroline Ratcliffe describes findings from her research on childhood poverty, with a particular focus on how it relates to adult success. This research spotlights the obstacles poor children face—such as completing high school, graduating from college, and maintaining consistent employment—and helps policymakers understand what it would take to break the cycle of poverty.

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