How Federal and State Leaders Can Reach Immigrants and Build Their Trust in the Safety Net

Federal and state policymakers can work to ensure worries based on immigration status do not deter immigrant families from seeking help for which they qualify.

Three Ways Gatekeepers Can Further Racial Equity Awareness in Research

All kinds of gatekeepers—from journal editors and peer reviewers to government agencies and funders—can help build a system that treats researchers and participants and communities more equitably.

Food Insecurity Has Improved since 2020, but the Work Isn't Done Yet

Data show SNAP does not cover the cost of a low-income meal in 96 percent of US counties.

Eight Lessons to Break the Poverty Cycle in Communities, Two Generations at a Time

Where someone grows up and their race or ethnicity affect their economic opportunities and outcomes over the rest of their lives. This makes it more difficult for children in families with low incomes to achieve economic stability in adulthood.

The COVID-19 Pandemic May Have Changed College Career and Technical Education for Good

Before the pandemic community colleges had been increasingly embracing distance education because of its flexibility and accessibility. New research shows the pandemic may have accelerated this trend.

The American Families Plan Comes with a Modest Price Tag for Paid Leave but a Large Impact for Workers

Initial estimates from the administration suggest its proposal for paid leave will cost about $225 billion over 10 years. This is much lower than previous estimates of the FAMILY Act.

Will Older Adults Return to the Workforce?

More adults age 65 and older left the labor force in 2020 than in any year since the US began tracking such information in 1948.

Child Care Subsidies Can Provide Critical Support to Families during Unemployment

The Child Care and Development Fund is one possible source of support for parents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Policymakers Can Enact a Paid Family and Medical Leave Program and Honor the Biden-Harris Tax Pledge

The vast scope of the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for a comprehensive national paid leave benefit.