A healthy economy built for long-term sustainability requires that businesses have access to skilled workers, communities have a broad base of contributing taxpayers, and individuals have sufficient income to both support their families and contribute to a robust marketplace. Moreover, children raised in households that are stable economically are far more likely to have better health, higher school achievement levels, and more long-term job prospects. For all of these reasons, it has never been more important to find a way to break the cycle of poverty. Yet our methods for doing so have not changed significantly since the War on Poverty in the 1960s, and disparities in opportunity caused by poverty continue to increase.

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