The Power and Possibilities of TANF in the First Year of Life

Thursday, October 6 | 1:45am

Elizabeth Lower-Basch, Director, Income and Work Supports, Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)

Jeffrey McCue, Commissioner, Department of Transitional Assistance, Executive Office of Health and Human Services, Boston, Massachusetts

Presentation Slides

Americans overwhelmingly agree that children’s fate in life should not be determined by the circumstances in which they are born. But children born into poor families are at great risk of persistent poverty during their childhood. A growing body of evidence shows that early poverty is a grave threat to children’s long-term health, well-being, and educational success, with persistent and deep poverty causing the most damage. This workshop will help advocates and policymakers understand the opportunities to improve parents and young children’s well-being through TANF and to identify specific changes to work toward in their own states or communities.