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About NCCP

Addressing the Challenge

The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) is one of the nation’s leading public policy centers dedicated to promoting the economic security, health, and well-being of America’s low-income families and children. NCCP uses research to inform policy and practice with the goal of ensuring positive outcomes for the next generation. We promote family-oriented solutions at the state and national levels.

Our vision:

  • Family economic security
  • Strong, nurturing families
  • Healthy child development

Founded in 1989 as a division of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, NCCP is a nonpartisan, public interest research organization.

What’s at Stake

Every generation wants the next one to succeed. But more than 32 million children in the United States live in families that are struggling to make ends meet. Even though most low-income parents work, many are unable to provide economic security for their children—they worry daily about how to pay the bills, put food on the table, and afford needed medical care.

The reality is that 45 percent of our nation’s children are growing up in families who are living at the edge. Their parents are working hard, but they are not getting ahead. If these children do not succeed, the growth and prosperity of our country is threatened. It is in our nation’s best interest to invest in children today to create a more secure tomorrow—for all.

Securing Our Children’s Future—Our Nation’s Future

Public policies can make a difference. Just as innovative policies have dramatically reduced poverty among the elderly, so too can they improve the future of our nation’s children and families.

Using knowledge gained from research, we can find ways to:

  • Make work pay and improve work supports.
  • Provide nurturing early learning environments for young children.
  • Secure adequate health and mental health care for our nation’s families.

These are the challenges we address at NCCP.

Putting Research to Work for Children and Families

For Policymakers

Policymakers need the right information to make good decisions. As they seek solutions and supports to promote the health and successful development of children, NCCP is a trusted source.

For Practitioners and Advocates

Because of NCCP’s track record in highlighting emerging challenges and offering insights about how to turn research into practice, NCCP is respected by direct service providers and advocates across the country.

For the Media

NCCP works to uncover facts, identify trends, and analyze policy developments. This helps the media report on the realities faced by low-income children and families in the United States.