Read a recap of this event here.
Ending child poverty remains an economic and moral imperative. Policy changes made during the COVID-19 pandemic caused dramatic reductions in child poverty and child food insecurity, but when the 2022 poverty and food insecurity numbers are released, we expect to see that much of these gains reversed.
On Wednesday, March 1, 2023, The Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution convened leaders and experts to examine the economic impacts of child poverty and propose solutions to get back on track to a thriving American childhood. The event will feature a fireside chat between U.S. Senator Michael Bennet and Amna Nawaz of PBS NewsHour.
The forum also included two panel discussions featuring Lauren Bauer (Brookings), Robert Greenstein (Brookings), Vince Hall (Feeding America), Bradley Hardy (Georgetown University), Grace B. Hou (Illinois Department of Human Services), Christine James-Brown (Child Welfare League of America), Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach (Northwestern University), and Eric Schwartz (76 West Holdings).
The event coincided with the release of three essays focused on delivering in-kind nutrition benefits to children; addressing place-based poverty; and instating a partially refundable Child Tax Credit.
For updates on the event, follow @HamiltonProj on Twitter and join the conversation using #ChildPoverty.
1:00 p.m. | Welcome
Roger C. Altman
Founder and Senior Chairman, Evercore
1:05 p.m. | Fireside chat
The Honorable Michael Bennet (D-Colo.)
Moderator: Amna Nawaz
Co-Anchor, PBS NewsHour
1:40 p.m. | Roundtable discussion: Reducing child poverty at the federal level
Chief Government Relations Officer, Feeding America
Visiting Fellow, The Hamilton Project, Economic Studies, The Brookings Institution
Moderator: Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach
Margaret Walker Alexander Professor and Director, Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University; Nonresident Senior Fellow, Economic Studies, Brookings
2:20 p.m. | Roundtable discussion: Reducing child poverty at the state level
Associate Professor, McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University; Nonresident Senior Fellow, Economic Studies, Brookings
CEO, Child Welfare League of America (CWLA)
Grace B. Hou
Secretary, Illinois Department of Human Services
Chairman and CEO, 76 West Holdings
Moderator: Lauren Bauer
Associate Director, The Hamilton Project, Fellow, Economic Studies, The Brookings Institution