2015-08-26 National Governors Association

Tackling Intergenerational Poverty: How Governors Can Advance Coordinated Services for Low-Income Parents and Children

Poverty and long-term unemployment plague Americans of all ages, including parents and their children. The complexity of the issues requires coordinated support for low-income families that goes beyond temporary relief from economic stress and includes mechanisms that help children and adults move out of poverty altogether. Governors are in a unique position to align programs and policies for children and their parents through “two-generation” strategies since they oversee most of the state and federal programs for low-income families. By providing leadership and fostering collaboration across all state agencies that touch low-income children and families, governors can streamline practices and develop innovative solutions for promoting the well-being of children and improving family economic stability.

National Governors Association

Founded in 1908, the National Governors Association (NGA) is the nonpartisan organization of the nation’s 55 governors. Through NGA, governors share best practices, address issues of national and state interest and share innovative solutions that improve state government and support the principles of federalism.