President's Message

Tell Congress to Vote No on Health Bill

Congress is expected to vote THURSDAY on the American Health Care Act (AHCA)—the 7th birthday of the Affordable Care Act. The AHCA will cap the amount the federal government will pay New York for delivering Medicaid services.  Yes, you read that right—the ACHA contains provisions that would end the federal government’s commitment to a federal…
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Transforming Child Welfare and Children’s Lives

New York entrusts the care of its most vulnerable children—those experiencing child abuse and neglect—to the State’s child welfare system. However, preliminary data associated with a periodic federal review of the State’s child welfare system shows that the State often struggles to produce positive outcomes for those children.   The data show that children in…
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Reducing Poverty IS Economic Development

It is beyond dispute that economic development can be an effective way to fight poverty.  So, too, longstanding anti-poverty programs have been proven to stimulate local economies.  For example, researchers have established that raising the EITC has a positive effect in neighborhoods of concentrated poverty, improving health outcomes both for families directly receiving increased credits,…
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A Look Back at Session

New York’s 2016 legislative session was a mix of historic wins for New York children and families, and deeply disappointing losses. Most of the big wins came during budget, including Paid Family Leave, which will allow working families to care for newborns or ill family members without risking job loss or losing all pay, and…
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Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation

Hunger doesn’t take a vacation … So says the title of a 2015 report by the Food Research and Action Council (FRAC) on the status of the federal Summer Nutrition Program.  How jarring it is to link the joys of a carefree summer with the sobering realization that during this time, thousands of children who…
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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

The best way to keep New York’s children safe and foster their overall well-being is to prevent child abuse and neglect.  Research has shown unmet mental health needs, substance use disorders, financial distress, lack of social support, and other factors contribute to abuse and neglect.3  Recognizing that risk factors associated with maltreatment are societal, parental,…
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Strengthening Families and Combating Poverty through Two-Generation Interventions

“He who opens a school door closes a prison.”  – Victor Hugo At our recent forum Nicholas Kristof, acclaimed columnist for the New York Times, spoke about the growing body of evidence supporting the importance of family-oriented approaches to addressing poverty and opportunity.  Poverty and inequality underlay many of the social issues that we, along…
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