Vulnerable Families Research Program

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Research on vulnerable children and families has been central to our work since the inception of the Carsey Institute in 2004. Core to the work of the Vulnerable Families Research Program is an understanding of how families are faring economically across the nation, within regions, states, and across rural, suburban, and urban places. We pay particular attention to trends in child poverty rates, social safety net usage, making work pay as well as other issues critical to a sustainable society. We coordinate with external researchers, policy makers, advocates, and practitioners “on the ground” to ensure that our research is timely and relevant. Our accessible analyses are widely read by legislators and their staff, child and family advocates, practitioners, academics, and the media, and we frequently deliver presentations to a wide range of audiences.

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Sentinel Source: Challenges to Rural Community Depend on Location

Sentinel Source: Challenges to Rural Community Depend on Location

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NH Business Review: NH has long had a child care problem, but the pandemic has made it worse

NH Business Review: NH has long had a child care problem, but the pandemic has made it worse

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Valley News: Norwich Parents Cut Back On Work Because Of Lack Of Daycare

Valley News: Norwich Parents Cut Back On Work Because Of Lack Of Daycare

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Jess Carson

Jess Carson is a Research Assistant Professor with the Vulnerable Families Research Program at the Carsey School of Public Policy. Since joining Carsey in 2010, she has studied poverty, work, and the social safety net, including policies and programs that support low-income workers like affordable health insurance, food assistance programs, and quality child care. Learn More