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Public policies that support families with young children: variation across US states

Marcia K. Meyers, Janet C. Gornick, Laura R. Peck and Amanda J. Lockshin

in Child well-being, child poverty and child policy in modern nations (Revised 2nd Edition)

Published by Policy Press

Published in print February 2001 | ISBN: 9781861342539
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301738 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861342539.003.0018
Public policies that support families with young children: variation across US states

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This chapter discusses a new approach to understanding how state-level policies may affect childhood poverty in the Unites States. It begins with a section on the opportunities for public intervention. The framework in this section is used to identify the characteristics of certain government programmes that can be expected to influence the resources of families. It then employs cluster analysis in order to pinpoint the five groups of states that have similar policy packages as of 1994. A description of the policy packages and an examination of the variation in child poverty rates across the resulting clusters are provided.

Keywords: state-level policy; childhood poverty; public intervention; government programmes; family resources; cluster analysis; policy packages; child poverty rates

Chapter.  8531 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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