Dialogue with Texas Leaders on Reducing Child Poverty in Texas

Dialogue with Texas Leaders on Reducing Child Poverty

The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) and The University of Texas at Austin LBJ School of Public Affairs Child and Family Research Partnership hosted Texas leaders on October 24, 2019 for a dialogue on reducing child poverty in Texas.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) are private, nonprofit institutions that provide expert advice on some of the most pressing challenges facing the nation and the world. NASEM's work helps shape sound policies, inform public opinion, and advance the pursuit of science, engineering, and medicine.

The Child and Family Research Partnership (CFRP) is an independent, nonpartisan research group at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin directed by Associate Dean Dr. Cynthia Osborne. CFRP advances evidence-informed policymaking for children and their parents through rigorous research and collaboration. CFRP is also home of the new national Prenatal-to-Three Policy Impact Center, with initial support from the J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation.

The event brought together Texas state legislators and leaders from state agencies, business, philanthropy, education, and the community to discuss a recent report from NASEM titled, "A Roadmap to Reducing Child Poverty," and what the findings mean for the state of Texas.

The report, developed by a national committee of scholars and experts, shows that it is possible to substantially reduce child poverty and simultaneously increase parental employment and earnings, which would have significant benefits for the long-term wellbeing of children and the economy in the state. Reducing child poverty in Texas is especially important given that the state is home to more than 10% of all the children in the nation with one of the highest rates of child poverty (20%).

The group discussed the implications these trends have on the Texas workforce, as well as its educational, health care, and social service systems, and the strides the state is taking to address these important issues.

Agenda and resources are below.

 

AGENDA

  • WELCOME
    • Suzanne Le Menestrel, Senior Program Officer and Study Director, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
  • OVERVIEW OF DEMOGRAPHIC TRENDS AND CHILD POVERTY AND WELLBEING IN TEXAS
    • Cynthia Osborne, Associate Dean for Academic Strategies, The LBJ School, The University of Texas at Austin, Committee Member
  • FINDINGS FROM THE NASEM REPORT, A ROADMAP TO REDUCING CHILD POVERTY
    • Cynthia Osborne, Associate Dean for Academic Strategies, The LBJ School, The University of Texas at Austin, Committee Member
    • Ron Haskins, Senior Fellow and Cabot Family Chair in Economic Studies; Co-Director of the Center on Children and Families, Brookings Institution, Committee Member
  • LUNCH KEYNOTE
    • William Buster, Executive Vice President of Community Investments, St. David's Foundation
  • PANEL: VOICES OF PARENTS
    • Cristina Guajardo
    • Channelle Mahome
    • Marie Lord Lifambe Youmbi
    • Moderator: Cynthia Osborne
  • PANEL: WHY CHILD POVERTY MATTERS FOR TEXAS
    • Gina Hinojosa, District 49, Representative, Texas House of Representatives
    • Kim McPherson, Senior Program Officer, St. David’s Foundation
    • Jacquie Porter, Director, Early Childhood Team, Texas Education Agency
    • Celia Sims, Vice President of Government Relations, Kindercare
    • David Smith, Executive Director, United Way of Greater Austin
    • Jeanette Ward, Chief Operating Officer, Texas Mutual, Early Matters Austin
    • Moderator: Ron Haskins
  • PANEL: WHAT TEXAS IS DOING TO STRENGTHEN FAMILIES AND REDUCE POVERTY
    • Sue Carpenter, Chief Programs Officer, United Way of Greater Austin
    • Kate Rogers, Vice President, Community Outreach & Engagement, Charles Butt Foundation
    • Sasha Rasco, Associate Commissioner, Texas DFPS Prevention and Early Intervention
    • Stephanie Rubin, Chief Executive Officer, Texans Care for Children
    • Wayne Salter, Deputy Executive Commissioner, Access and Eligibility Services, HHS
    • Moderator: Cynthia Osborne
  • CLOSING REMARKS
    • Cynthia Osborne, Associate Dean for Academic Strategies, The LBJ School, The University of Texas at Austin, Committee Member

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