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Below is our growing collection of research and data inspiring and informing our work. We have found many thought partners - local researchers, universities, worldwide publications, grantees - who are striving to improve the lives of families and we are excited to link to their important work.

What We've Found

Chronic or severe economic hardship in childhood can contribute to toxic stress. This paper provides a review of the research literature on the negative effects of stress in childhood. The paper offers a readable description of biological responses to stress in children, including epigenetic changes in gene expression, effects of stress...

A family of four, with two working adults need to make $75,554 annually before taxes. To simplify, each adult would need to earn at least $18.16 per hour working full-time to survive, not thrive.

With social services only helping families under 200% of poverty, how are families making it? How is the gap being filled...

In total, about half of California’s children are living in or near poverty. 
In 2013, 5.0% of California’s children were in deep poverty (living in families with less than half of the resources needed to make ends meet). This rate is a small decrease from the deep poverty rate among children in 2012 (5.1%). At the same time, 24.9%...

This paper provides a comprehensive review of existing research on government food and nutrition programs, specifically SNAP (or food stamps, CalFresh in California), WIC (the federal food voucher program for pregnant women and children ages 0 to 5), and the school lunch and breakfast programs. Generally the review concludes that these programs...

The report is based on data collected in 2013 by Feeding America through a national survey of Feeding America partner agencies (food banks and meal programs) and a random sample of more than 60,000 clients at nearly 12,500 partner agency food programs. Some key descriptives of this national sample include: 28% of clients were children, 39% of...

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