TitleImmigrants' Access to Public Assistance: Missed Opportunities following Welfare Reform.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsCrosby, DA, Hatfield, BE
JournalZero to Three

The Personal Responsibility and Work Reconciliation Act of 1996 reformed public assistance programs and reduced the safety net of supports for low-income families. Children living in low-income immigrant families face particular challenges in the current policy environment. In this article, the authors consider what these changes have meant for infants and toddlers, present recent data from a national study of early childhood, and discuss how this information might be used to better support optimal development among young children in newcomer families.