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Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level County
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Children & Families, Health, Democracy & Governance, Food
A critical first step when considering a local tax is to review state law to determine what kinds of taxes are authorized for local governments in your state. Whereas states have broad authority to impose almost any type of tax, local governments can only impose taxes that have been...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level State
State(s) Texas
Source Child & Family Research Partnership
Policy Areas Children & Families, Economic Justice, Education
In 2015 OpportunityTexas launched Dollars for College, a program that introduced an in-school Children's Savings Accounts (CSAs) for College program to Texas schools. CSAs for College are long-term savings accounts set up for young children and often paired with financial education....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) All States
Source Institute for Policy Studies
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Children & Families, Education
The path to prison often begins in childhood and in schools segregated by race and class. Over the past 40 years, American schools with high Black and brown student populations in low-income and poor communities have come to resemble prisons more than places of learning. Behaviors...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2017
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source National Center for Lesbian Rights
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Children & Families
In additional to all the steps parents must take to help ensure that their children have what they need to develop into healthy adults, parents raising transgender and gender-expansive children must take additional steps to to prepare their child and family to cope with the possibility...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level State
State(s) All States
Source Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Children & Families
In offsetting federal income and payroll taxes and supplementing the earnings of low-wage workers across the country, the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is one of the most effective anti-poverty programs in the U.S. However, the EITC provides little or no benefits to workers without...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Transit Center
Policy Areas Transportation & Mobility, Children & Families
Having children is often associated with increases in car use, due to barriers preventing families from relying on transit. For example, anti-stroller policies signal that families aren’t welcome on buses, while riding transit can be more expensive than driving, without youth fares...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town, State, School District
State(s) Pennsylvania
Source Education Law Center
Policy Areas Education, Children & Families
Lead exposure negatively affects childrens’ learning and behavior, and increases government expenditures related to education, health care, and incarceration. The report makes recommendations geared towards preventing elevated lead levels in growing children and inhibiting the development...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town
State(s) Utah
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Health, Children & Families, Food
Salt Lake City tackled issues of fresh and healthy food availability via Resident Food Equity Advisors. Their goal was to create an equitable community food system that increased access to healthy, organic, and culturally relevant foods for historically underrepresented and underserved...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2015
Level County
State(s) All States
Source Child & Family Research Partnership
Policy Areas Children & Families, Economic Justice
This infographic compares child support payments with more traditional forms of family support. Though it is not traditionally thought of as a social program, this infographic demonstrates that child support payments provide more support each month than SNAP, WIC, or the EITC....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2008
Level County
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Health, Children & Families, Democracy & Governance, Food, Economic Justice, Civil Rights
As has been widely reported, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of farmers markets in the United States in the last ten years from some 1,755 markets in 1994 to 4,385 in 2006. Over three million consumers shop weekly at these markets, where an estimated 30,000 small...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2020
Level School District
State(s) Pennsylvania
Source Education Law Center
Policy Areas Education, Children & Families
This fact sheet offers tips for disabled students (and their parents) struggling to navigate school closures during the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, it informs families of their children’s rights to temporary learning plans (and their decisions to disagree with them), IEP meetings,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Meeting Of The Minds
Policy Areas Education, Public Spaces
The infrastructure of childhood is important, including the safe places to play. The COVID-19 crisis brings to light this need that is often overlooked. As leaders at all levels of government and civil society consider how to stem the impact of COVID-19 with equity in mind, expanding...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level State
State(s) Texas
Source Child & Family Research Partnership
Policy Areas Children & Families, Public Safety
The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services' minimum ratio standards for licensed child-care centers establish the maximum number of children allowed per caregiver in a child care setting based on children's ages. This report analyzes ratio data collected during annual...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2009
Level County
State(s) All States
Source ChangeLab Solutions
Policy Areas Health, Children & Families, Democracy & Governance, Food, Community Development, Public Spaces
Local governments can promote healthy eating and active living in their communities by supporting local farmers' markets. Local farmers' markets provide fresh produce to community residents, support small farmers, serve as community gathering places, and revitalize community centers...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level State
State(s) Texas
Source Child & Family Research Partnership
Policy Areas Children & Families, Economic Justice
It is increasingly important to understand the characteristics of parents who enter the U.S. child support system, and the characteristics of those who comply with their orders. A deeper understanding of parents' characteristics and challenges helps to explain system entry and order...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level State
State(s) All States
Source American Civil Liberties Union
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Children & Families
It is common for transgender parents who have come out or transitioned after having a child to have their gender transition raised as a basis to deny or restrict them from child custody or visitation. Many of these parents have been treated terribly by the courts because judges have...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2010
Level County
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Health, Children & Families, Democracy & Governance, Food
Passing a local resolution is one way for communities to promote obesity prevention policies. Today more than two-thirds of adults in the United States are overweight or obese, and among children and adolescents, 16.3 percent are obese and 31.9 percent are obese or overweight. Obese...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level State
State(s) Texas
Source Child & Family Research Partnership
Policy Areas Children & Families, Health
Over the last decade, rates of child maltreatment have rapidly increased among military families. In response, the Prevention and Early Intervention Division of the Texas Department of Family Protective Services launched the Military Families and Veterans Prevention Program (MVP)...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source ChangeLab Solutions
Policy Areas Health, Children & Families
Racial disparities in access to money, time, and professional and social support deeply impact breastfeeding outcomes and contribute to disparities in breastfeeding success. This infographic outlines barriers to breastfeeding faced by women of color, along with their potential solutions....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source ChangeLab Solutions
Policy Areas Health, Children & Families, Food
The vast majority of food marketing to young kids promotes unhealthy foods and beverages. This report describes the many channels through which young children are exposed to unhealthy food marketing (i.e. outdoor advertising, broadcast media, digital media, etc) and provides policy...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level School District
State(s) All States
Source Government Finance Officers Association
Policy Areas Health, Children & Families, Education
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, schools are tasked with providing a quality education to their students, along with ensuring their safety and welfare, regardless if classes are being held in-person or virtually. Additionally, schools must adjust to the economic ramifications brought...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level State, National
State(s) All States
Source Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center
Policy Areas Health, Children & Families
The first three years of life are the most sensitive for a child’s developing brain and body. Exposure to chronic stressors during these years can lead to physical, cognitive, and emotional health problems in the future that can be costly for families and society to navigate. This...

Type Policy Brief or Report, Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2016
Level City or Town, City or Town, School District
State(s) All States
Source Policy Matters Ohio
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Education, Children & Families
Quality preschool improves children’s educational outcomes into the elementary grades. Good programs with wraparound childcare anchor family financial stability today by enabling parents to work. Yet too few Cincinnati children have access to a good preschool or any preschool at all....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level State
State(s) All States
Source Institute for Educational Leadership
Policy Areas Education, Children & Families
Most school districts do not have a coherent framework and strategy that lays out how the district and its community partners will work together to support student success. Community schools work to address this disconnect. A community school is a nexus of partnerships connecting...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level County
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Health, Children & Families, Democracy & Governance, Food, Economic Justice, Civil Rights
Bringing a grocery store into an underserved neighborhood not only makes fresh produce and other healthy food more accessible, it can provide livingwage jobs, raise the value of surrounding property, and anchor and attract additional businesses to the neighborhood. A wide range of...

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