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Welfare reform and children: A synthesis of impacts in five states: The project on state-level child outcomes

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Tout, Kathryn
Brooks, Jennifer
Zaslow, Martha
Redd, Zakia
Moore, Kristin
McGarvey, Ayelish
McGroder, Sharon
Gennetian, Lisa
Morris, Pamela
Ross, Christine
Beecroft, Erik
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March 2004
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March 2004

This report focuses on the question of whether and how pilot welfare reform programs launched in five states–Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, and Minnesota–affected children’s developmental outcomes. We synthesize results from experimental studies (in which follow-up interviews ranged from 2.5 to 6.5 years after random assignment) in the five states, looking first at adult economic outcomes that the programs aimed to change (targeted outcomes), then turning to aspects of young children’s lives–including child care and the home environment–that may also have been changed by the programs, and focusing finally on how children themselves were affected by the programs. (author abstract)

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