ERIC Number: ED266219
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-May
Reference Count: 0
Reducing Poverty among Children.
Current Population Reports, Series P-23 n145 Sep 1985
In response to the highest poverty rate among children since the 1960s, this report examines existing Federal policies to assist poor families with children and analyzes over 40 policy alternatives. Chapter 1 discusses how poverty is measured, recent trends and current patterns of childhood poverty as officially measured, and the effects of using alternative definitions of poverty. Chapter 2 describes issues that arise in determining the scope of direct government efforts to aid low-income families and in designing specific policies. It then examines the current Federal role, and concludes with an overview of options for altering current policies. The options themselves are discussed in chapters 3 through 6. Chapter 3, on options for cash transfer programs, focuses on aid to families with dependent children, the earned income tax credit, and other alternatives. Chapter 4 analyzes options for in-kind transfer programs, including food stamps, school nutrition programs, health care, and housing assistance. Chapter 5 considers options to deal with the effects of poverty, including nutrition and health services, child welfare services, targeted education programs, and services related to adolescent pregnancy and parenthood. Chapter 6 discusses options to improve employability, such as employment and training, and child care services. An appendix assesses current and alternative measures of poverty. The report includes 23 statistical tables and figures. (KH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Congressional Budget Office.
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