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Sarah Minton
Senior Fellow
Income and Benefits Policy Center

Sarah Minton is a senior fellow in the Income and Benefits Policy Center at the Urban Institute, where her work focuses on social safety net programs and poverty reduction.

Minton is codirector for the Urban Institute’s Analysis of Transfers, Taxes, and Income Security (ATTIS) microsimulation model and a lead analyst for the Transfer Income Model (TRIM3). She coleads various projects that model how different policies and programs reduce child poverty, and she leads work to produce annual estimates of eligibility for the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) program.

Minton is the project director for the CCDF Policies Database, leading work to track states’ child care subsidy policies. She is also a senior adviser and former codirector for the Welfare Rules Database project, which tracks states’ Temporary Assistance for Needy Families policies.

Minton has also worked on research related to other policies and programs affecting families with low incomes, including strategies for serving people living in deep poverty, health and human services integration under the Affordable Care Act, and early awareness of college financial aid.

She earned an MPA from the Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri.

Research Areas
Social safety net
Children and youth
From Safety Net to Solid Ground
Economic well-being
Families with low incomes
Welfare and safety net programs
Child care
Child care subsidies
Child care and early childhood education
Assistance for women and children
Work supports
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
State programs, budgets
Kids in context
Student parents