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Overlapping Public Investments in Child Well-Being: A Reconsideration of the Social Safety Net
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Overlapping Public Investments in Child Well-Being: A Reconsideration of the Social Safety Net

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June 2024 | SAGE Publications, Inc

The tremendous need for a social safety net during the COVID-19 pandemic launched a renewed national and state policy focus on the importance of comprehensive, multidimensional public investments in children.  This volume draws on research across multiple disciplines to identify public supports that children need to thrive developmentally, and models of successful complementary public investments in children. The research within this volume highlights the interdependence among components of the social safety net, and offers paths forward for structural improvements at the federal and state levels.

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Margot I. Jackson, Susan L. Moffitt, and Susanna Loeb
Introduction
 
Part 1: What Supports Do Children Need?
Margot I. Jackson and Ester Fanelli
Who Uses the Social Safety Net? Trends in Public Benefit Use among American Households with Children, 1980–2020
Natasha V. Pilkauskas and Katherine Michelmore
Who’s Caring for the Kids? The Earned Income Tax Credit and Childcare Arrangements
Jade Marcus Jenkins and Greg J. Duncan
Skill Building in Early Care and Education Programs
Susan L. Moffitt
Policymaker and Practitioner Perspectives and Insights from Ohio: An Interview with Dr. Wendy Grove and Jennifer Vargo
 
Part 2: Barriers to Safety Net Complementarities
Pamela Herd and Donald Moynihan
Fewer Burdens but Greater Inequality? Reevaluating the Safety Net through the Lens of Administrative Burden
Carolyn Barnes
“I Can’t Get Ahold of Them”: Perceptions of Administrative Burden and Administrative Exclusion across SNAP, WIC, and Medicaid during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Jamila Michener
Legal Aid and Social Policy: Managing a Political Economy of Scarcity
Susan L. Moffitt
Policymaker and Practitioner Perspectives and Insights from Colorado: An Interview with Dr. Ki’i Powell, Ian McMahon, Michael Martinez-Schiferl, Rebecca Balu, and Samantha O’Neill Dunbar
 
Part 3: Promising Interventions to Reconstruct the Safety Net
Justin B. Doromal, Molly Michie, Grace Kegley, and Daphna Bassok
Reducing Complexity to Support Families Navigating Early Care and Education Systems
Laura Tach and Elizabeth Day
Better Together? Multiplier and Spillover Effects in Two-Generation Initiatives
Sophie Collyer, Megan A. Curran, Irwin Garfinkel, David Harris, Zachary Parolin, Jane Waldfogel, and Christopher Wimer
The Child Tax Credit and Family Well-Being: An Overview of Reforms and Impacts
Aimee Chabot and Maximilian Hell
Using Technology and Iterative Research to Strengthen the Social Safety Net
Susan L. Moffitt
Policymaker and Practitioner Perspectives and Insights from Birmingham, Alabama: An Interview with Judge Andra D. Sparks, Mankinta Holloway, and Melanie Colston

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