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In America, one in five children are poor. In Texas, the rate is higher with 24.6 percent of children, or one in four, living in poverty.
We engage in research, policy analysis, and statewide coalition efforts to advocate for policies at the local, state, and federal levels that reduce child poverty. We support state legislation, budget actions, and local efforts to invest in policies and programs that increase employment and make work pay for parents and expand the social safety net to ensure children’s basic needs are met.
We recognize the need for policies that take a two-generation approach to break the cycle of poverty by ensuring children and their parents have access to affordable health care, as well as opportunities for quality early learning, high-performing schools, and families and neighborhoods free from violence.