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To promote financial stability among low-wage families, policymakers must impact the key factors that research shows contribute to family economic success.

What Can Policymakers Do?

  • Improve Supports for families and their children by strengthening the safety netThe safety net is a vital lifeline for poor families – as well as those who are near poverty. Tax incentives, housing vouchers and food and nutrition supplements are just a few programs that provide families with supports in times of need. State policies that support families through difficult times not only help to mitigate hardship but can also provide access to future opportunities and increase positive outcomes for families and their children. 
  • Promote financial success through supportive work/family policies. Supportive work policies are essential to ensuring the economic security of families living in, and near, poverty. In addition to the safety net, supportive workplace policies help to expand opportunities and allow families to grow toward independence by supporting parents in their efforts to both successfully raise a family and maintain stable work.
  • Provide supports for families with multiple barriers. Child and youth well-being is dependent on the well-being of parents and caregivers, which is strongly tied to parental capacity, concrete supports and social connections. The most effective way to alleviate the struggles these families may face is by providing personalized supports and services and by strengthening policies and programs that improve access to comprehensive work supports.
  • Invest in young children. Children growing up in low-income families tend to fall behind in educational settings significantly faster than their more economically secure peers. It is crucial to invest in early education, since gaps begin to grow starting in infancy and only continue to expand into adulthood when left unaddressed.[1]

[1] Halle, T., Forry, N., E., Hair, E., Wandner, L., and Vick, J. (2009, June). Disparities in Early Learning and Development: Lessons from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study—Birth Cohort


Make Work Pay. To achieve economic success, low-wage families must be able to keep more of what they earn.Tax relief, effective work supports and protection against predatory financial practices can help.