In 1994, Milwaukee implemented a two-year program, New Hope, that provided low-income working families with a flexible package of earnings supplements and services. The results? Glorious. Parents benefited from a boost in employment and earnings. Equally noteworthy: Their kids — specifically their sons — had fewer behavioral issues and better academic success.
This report is from the Summer 1999 edition of AdvoCasey, a seasonal newsletter with themed issues that spotlight programs and policies making measurable differences in the lives of kids and families.