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The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) is a nonpartisan public policy research center dedicated to promoting the economic security, healthy development, and well-being of low-income U.S. children and families. Established in 1989, the NCCP is part of Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management. The center uses research to inform policy and practice, with the goal of ensuring positive outcomes for the next generation. Specifically, the NCCP focuses on the mutually reinforcing relationship between the economic security of low-income families and the healthy development of their children via its three focus areas:

1. Family Economic Security. Research has shown that low family income can impede children’s cognitive development and their ability to learn; contribute to behavioral, social, and emotional ...

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