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Policies and programs that can improve health

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Child care subsidies

Scientifically Supported

Provide financial assistance to working parents, or parents attending school, to pay for center-based or certified in-home child care

Income

Child tax credit expansion

Expert Opinion

Expand federal or state child tax credits by increasing eligibility by age (e.g., to families with 17 and 18 year old children), increasing credit amounts, making credits refundable, or creating a fully refundable supplement

Income

Children's savings accounts

Expert Opinion

Establish dedicated children’s savings account (CSAs) to build assets over time with contributions from family, friends, and sometimes, supporting organizations; also called children’s development accounts (CDAs)

Income  ·  Education

Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)

Scientifically Supported

Expand refundable earned income tax credits for low to moderate income working individuals and families

Income

Financial education for adults

Insufficient Evidence

Provide one-on-one or group adult education programs that cover topics such as basic budgeting, bank use, credit management, bankruptcy, credit building and counseling, homeownership, retirement, divorce, etc.

Income

Full child support pass-through and disregard

Scientifically Supported

Adopt policies that allow custodial parents who receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) to collect all child support paid by the non-custodial parent; no portion is retained by the state

Income

Individual Development Accounts (IDAs)

Mixed Evidence

Support subsidized asset accumulation programs in which deposits by low and moderate income participants are matched by program sponsors; withdrawals must be used for qualified expenses to retain matching funds

Income

Living wage laws

Some Evidence

Establish locally or state mandated wages that are higher than federal minimum wage levels

Income

Matched dollar incentives for saving tax refunds

Some Evidence

Support programs that provide matched dollar incentives for low or moderate income individuals to place some or all of their tax refund in a savings account

Income

Microfinance & microenterprise

Insufficient Evidence

Support programs that provide small loans, usually to disadvantaged individuals, to start or expand a small business, often with business training and other assistance

Income

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