Escaping Poverty: Predictors of Persistently Poor Children’s Economic Success

Nearly 12% of American children will spend at least half of their lives from birth to age 17 living in poverty. This report from the Urban Institute analyzes factors that have helped these persistently poor children achieve economic success. Some of those factors include spending more years in an employed family, spending fewer years in a family headed by someone with a disability, and living in less segregated and disadvantaged neighborhoods. The researchers recommend several strategies to help more persistently poor children achieve economic success, such as subsidized employment for parents and programs to help families move out of disadvantaged neighborhoods.
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May, 2017
May 2017
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Two-Generation Approaches
  • Employment
    • Subsidized Employment
  • Supportive Services
    • Housing Assistance
  • Special Populations
    • Children Impacted by Toxic Stress