Our Approach to Research & Policy


Economic supports for low-income families

  • Reducing inequities in public benefit supports
  • Mitigating benefit cliffs
  • Expanding paid family and medical leave

Access to high-quality early education

  • Expanding high quality programs
  • Providing fair compensation and essential supports for teachers
  • Improving the quality of early education

Supports for young children and their parents with mental health needs

  • Promoting policies that identify and address the mental health needs of infants, toddlers, and young children
  • Elevating supportive policies across systems, including child care, child welfare, early intervention

Access to supports and services for children and families living with disabilities

  • Reducing barriers to health care for people with developmental disabilities
  • Improving access to paid leave for families living with disability
  • Strengthening the Part C Early Intervention Program

Two-generation supports for families with young children

  • Promoting programs and policies that help families access both supports for child development and adult education and job readiness

Inclusion of immigrant families

  • Ensuring state public benefit programs include immigrants
  • Assessing the impact of immigration enforcement on children of immigrants
  • Documenting community needs for immigrant serving organizations

NCCP engages in the following types of activities to promote the best policies for low-income children and families.

Research Approach

NCCP uses research to identify strong policy options and strategies for effective policy implementation. We do this through:

  • Conducting rigorous research
  • Evaluating program and policy impacts
  • Conducting needs assessments
  • Examining policy implementation
  • Synthesizing evidence

We conduct our research in partnership with a wide range of organizations and stakeholders to support the development and implementation of policies that help low-income children and families thrive.

Online resources that provide policy and demographic data