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Featured Project

NEW REPORT | May 2017

Building the Caring Economy: Workforce Investments to Expand Access to Affordable, High-Quality and Long-Term Care

Our nation has pressing needs for both caregiving and good jobs. With these aims, this report offers proposals that promote the well-being of children, older adults, people with disabilities, and their families by creating and sustaining good jobs in the caregiving sector.

Nina Dastur, Indivar Dutta-Gupta, Laura Tatum, Peter Edelman, Kali Grant, & Casey Goldvale


Latest Reports

Jobs & Education

Promising strategies for creating more good jobs

REPORT | May 2017

Building the Caring Economy Executive Summary

This report proposes caregiving jobs investments to address two national needs: the pressing need for caregiving; and the equally pressing need for good jobs. With these aims, we offer proposals that promote the wellbeing of children, older adults, people with disabilities, and their families by creating and sustaining good jobs in the caregiving sector.


Lessons Learned From 40 Years of Subsidized Employment Programs

An overview of the center’s proposed framework and recommendations for helping disadvantaged workers while stimulating the economy. For our comprehensive review of 40 programs over 40 years, see the full report.

Tax & Benefits

Creating the next generation of public benefits approaches

REPORT | Fall 2016

Strengthening Unemployment Protections in America

In partnership with the Center for American Progress (CAP) and National Employment Law Project (NELP), the center released a report on modernizing unemployment insurance for a 21st century economy and establishing a new Jobseeker’s Allowance.

OP-ED | June 2017

Donald Trump’s Budget Cuts Would Leave Many Americans Hungry

President Donald Trump has proposed to cut nearly $200 billion out of SNAP. Faculty Director Peter Edelman and Rep. Joe Kennedy III discuss how these proposed cuts would be devastating for millions of Americans.

Health & Human Services

Bringing health & human services together to strengthen families


New Partnership on Behavioral Health with Kaiser Permanente

A project on the behavioral health needs of low-income children, women, and families, with some focus on maternal mental health, the child welfare system, and the juvenile and criminal justice systems.


Faculty Director Peter Edelman proposes example-driven solutions for the path forward in combatting concentrated urban poverty.

Peter Edelman



Developing policies and strategies to protect and advance inclusive and equitable democratic institutions

SERIES | December 2016

Obama Legacy Series 

The center joins TalkPoverty along with policy and political experts to examine President Obama’s legacy in addressing poverty & inequality.

ARTICLE | Fall 2015

Poverty and Inequality in America: Why We Should Care and What We Should Do

Two-generation approaches to poverty reduction and the Earned Income Tax Credit, InSight Fall 2015