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Family Economic Security

The Schuyler Center promotes policies that strengthen and support families, including those that secure or supplement a living wage. Nearly one in four New York children live in poverty; the rate is significantly higher in many New York City neighborhoods and several upstate cities. Childhood poverty can set a child up for a lifetime of challenges that include cognitive, behavioral, social and emotional difficulties, with long-term effects of compromised educational and employment attainment. Most low-income children live in families with parents who work, but their jobs do not pay enough to meet basic needs. National, state and local supports for low-income families reduce poverty and have long-term impacts on children and families.

Policy Focus:

  • Family-supporting wages.
  • Facilitate access to and participation in supports that help low-income families, seniors, children, and people with disabilities make ends meet and obtain health care, including Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, child care assistance, Medicaid, and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF).
  • Strengthen tax policies that boost economic security for low- and moderate-income New Yorkers, including the Earned Income Tax Credit.
  • Assure the availability of high-quality child care for low-income families.
  • Improve child care quality; assist programs to improve quality by investing in a quality rating and improvement system (QUALITYstarsNY).
  • Maintain and expand the number of children enrolled in high-quality Pre-Kindergarten


Family Economic Security Resources:

Percentage of childen living in poverty icon Schuyler Center’s 2016 infographic, Numbers Tell a Story: Child Poverty, examines the prevalence of child poverty across New York State.

Memo in Support of Assembly Anti-Poverty Initiative, March 22, 2016

Memo in Support of Comprehensive Family Economic Strengthening Package, March 22, 2016

Recommendations to Strengthen Family Economic Security, March 2016

Testimony submitted to the Joint Fiscal Committees on the SFY 2016-17 Executive Budget Human Services Budget Hearing. February 9, 2016.   Submitted by Kate Breslin, President and CEO, Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy.

Testimony before the National Commission on Hunger. May 13, 2015. Submitted by Kate Breslin, President and CEO, Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy.


Early Learning Resources:

Too Many Children Still Waiting: Make Quality Early Learning a Priority in 2017 Budget, January 2017

Early learning overview, including recommendations for the 2015-16 NYS Budget. January 2015

Pre-K Key Elements, May 2014

No Need to Choose Between Pre-K Plans: What’s Best for Children in NYS?  A report by the Alliance for Quality Education, the Center for Children’s Initiatives, Citizen Action of New York, the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy, and the Campaign for Fiscal Equity. Feb. 26, 2014  See the press release

Governor asked to provide more funding for child care, pre-k and afterschool programs. Legislative Gazette article by Matthew L. Mckibben. Feb. 4, 2014

Putting Students First, Final Action Plan, New NY Education Reform Commission. January 6, 2014

Useful Links:

New York State Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC): Provides guidance to the Administration on issues related to early childhood.

Winning Beginning NY (WBNY): The state’s early care and learning coalition educates policymakers and the public about the benefits of early care and education, including home visiting, child care and Pre-K.

Kids Count Data Center

The Census Bureau