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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Yahoo News-New Hampshire Union Leader: Time vs. money: Sweeping child care reform proposed

Yahoo News-New Hampshire Union Leader: Time vs. money: Sweeping child care reform proposed

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Making Childcare More Accessible

Making Childcare More Accessible

Making Childcare More Accessible

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The Berlin Sun: UNH research finds lack of childcare led to disproportionate job loss

The Berlin Sun: UNH research finds lack of childcare led to disproportionate job loss

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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