Several new stories in the media and an academic paper provide rationale for examining child care costs for our (1) Oregon Poverty Measure and (2) Paid parental leave projects.

  • Story from Claire Cain Miller on Martha Bailey et al new study showing negative impact of parental leave. Mentions the importance of child care supply and cost.
  • Story from the Salem Reporter on Preschool Promise and other local initiatives.

  • Paper in Annals on child care and child care policy

Hotz, V. J., & Wiswall, M. (2019). Child Care and Child Care Policy: Existing Policies, Their Effects, and Reforms. The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 686(1), 310–338.

A new research report from the Carsey School of Public Policy uses the Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM) to examine five government programs combined— Social Security, disability benefits, federal and state cash assistance, the EITC, and SNAP. The report finds that these programs keep 11.5 percent of rural and 7.6 percent of urban residents out of poverty.


In the fall 2018, Governor Kate Brown’s office released a report titled The Children’s Agenda: Pathways Out of Poverty for Children to Achieve their Full Potential. The core components of this agenda include:

1. Ending child homelessness

2. Ensure 100 percent healthcare coverage

3. Integrate substance abuse and behavioral health

4. Increase quality of affordable childcare

5. Provide preschool for kids in poverty

6. Lower class sizes and implement longer school years

7. Training and apprenticeships for parents

8. Finalize comprehensive child welfare system based on positive human development