Vulnerable Families Research Program

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, and making work pay. 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.

This project offers a series of fifty-two downloadable slide shows—one slide show for each state and Washington, DC, and one for the nation as a whole. We compare indicia of opportunity between those with high and low socioeconomic status.  Learn more

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Capital Beat: New Hampshire, Vermont on verge of paid family leave stalemate (Concord Monitor)

Capital Beat: New Hampshire, Vermont on verge of paid family leave stalemate (Concord Monitor)

Amid the impasse, there are new indicators of what Granite Staters would want in a paid leave plan....

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UNH research finds strong support for job protection in family leave plan (NH Business Review)

UNH research finds strong support for job protection in family leave plan (NH Business Review)

UNH research finds strong support for job protection in family leave plan (NH Business Review)

New research conducted by Kristin Smith of the University of New Hampshire’s Carsey School of...

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Kids Are Poor Because We Make Their Parents Poor. Is That Finally Going To Change? (Huffington Post)

Kids Are Poor Because We Make Their Parents Poor. Is That Finally Going To Change? (Huffington Post)

The child care proposals fit more familiar rhetoric about families and the middle class, though they...

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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.
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