Federal Policy Reform

Federal policies and systems reforms have a powerful role to play in strengthening child and family well-being.

The nation’s safety net, which helps to lift millions of families out of poverty each year, is woven from a patchwork of federally funded programs such as Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, and the Earned Income Tax Credit.

Effective federal policies and programs can also help parents and children thrive by working to close the racial wealth gap, streamline child welfare funding, bolster family-supporting wages, reduce youth incarceration and more.