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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Board on Children Youth and  Families
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Committee on Building an Agenda to Reduce the Number of Children in Poverty by Half in 10 Years


Statement of Task

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will convene an ad hoc committee of experts to conduct a consensus study of the costs of child poverty in the United States and the effectiveness of current efforts aimed at reducing poverty. The committee will review available high-quality research on current programs, with emphasis on evaluations that include benefit-cost analysis. Based on these analyses the committee will make recommendations for federal investment aimed at reducing the number of children living in poverty in the United States by half within 10 years. Read more ...►

Meetings of the Committee

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Information Gathering Session, JUNE 20, 2017

The Committee on Building an Agenda to Reduce the Number of Children Living in Poverty by Half in 10 Years held a public information-gathering session on June 20, 2017 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the National Academy of Sciences Building, 2101 Constitution Avenue, NW, in Washington, DC.

During this half day meeting, the committee had the opportunity to hear from invited speakers who presented ideas for programs and policies aimed at reducing short-run child poverty. Members of the public also had an opportunity to ask questions or provide comments to the speakers and committee as time permitted.

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Activity Information

Type: Consensus Study

Topics: Children, Youth, and Families; Education, Workforce

Board: Board on Children, Youth, and
    Families (Lead);
Collaborating Board: Committee on
    National Statistics



Staff Information

Suzanne Le Menestrel, Ph.D., Study
Rebekah Hutton, MA, Associate
   Program Officer

Pamella Atayi, BA, Program



Committee Members

Greg Duncan, Ph.D. (Chair)
Distinguished Professor
School of Education
University of California, Irvine

J. Lawrence Aber, Ph.D.
Willner Family Professor of Psychology
   and Public Policy
New York University

Janet Currie, Ph.D.
Henry Putnam Professor of Economics
   and Policy Affairs
Chair, Department of Economics
Director, Center for Health and
Princeton University

Benard P. Dreyer, M.D., FAAP
Professor of Pediatrics
Director of Developmental-Behavioral
New York University School of
Director of Pediatrics, Bellevue
   Hospital Center

Irwin Garfinkel, Ph.D.
Mitchell I. Ginsberg Professor of
   Contemporary Urban Problems
Interim Dean, Columbia University
   School of Social Work
Columbia University

Ron Haskins, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow in ES
Brookings Institution

Hilary Hoynes, Ph.D.
Professor of Public Policy and
Haas Distinguished Chair of
   Economic Disparities
University of California, Berkeley

Christine James-Brown, B. A.
President & CEO
Child Welfare League of America

Vonnie C. McLoyd, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
University of Michigan

Robert Moffitt, Ph.D.
Krieger-Eisenhower Professor
   of Economics
Johns Hopkins University

Cynthia Osborne, Ph.D.
Director, Center of Health and Social
Director, Child and Research
Associate Professor of Public Affairs
University of Texas at Austin

Eldar Shafir, Ph.D.
Class of 1987, Professor of Behavioral
   Science and Public Policy
Princeton University

Timothy (Tim) Smeeding, Ph.D.
Lee Rainwater Distinguished Professor
   of Public Affairs and Economics
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Don Winstead, Jr., B.A.
Principal and Founder
Don Winstead Consulting, LLC



Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
Foundation for Child Development
Marguerite Casey Foundation
The Buffet Early Childhood Fund
The W.K.Kellogg Foundation



For more information, contact:

   Pamella Atayi

Phone: (202) 334-1996

Mailing Address

Keck Center

500 Fifth Street, NW

Washington, DC 20001



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