Superheroes & Superstars: State of Texas Children 2015

Have you been wondering how well Texas kids are doing? There’s some good news, and some bad news. More kids today have health insurance than did a year ago, and more parents are employed. But Texas could be doing better. On March 4th we released our 2015 State of Texas Children report, with the support […]

Big Week for Pre-K in the Texas House

Chandra Villanueva

Pre-Kindergarten in Texas could get a big boost this legislative session, and it’s encouraging that there are several legislative proposals on the table. The Center for Public Policy Priorities just released a new report with recommendations for ways Texas can use Pre-K to close the opportunity gap for Texas kids. Governor Abbott has declared Pre-K […]

Time for State Leaders to be Heroes for Kids

Superheroes are known for their special powers. As a young girl growing up in Dallas, I was dazzled by Wonder Woman as she wielded her bracelets and Lasso of Truth to fight evil and protect democracy. As an adult, I am continually inspired by Texas parents who exhibit real superpowers every day: protecting their kids […]

CPPP Testifies at U.S. House Ways and Means Committee

A couple weeks ago U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (Texas – 35th District) invited me to testify before the Committee on Ways and Means’ Subcommittee on Human Resources in the U.S. House of Representatives on challenges facing low-income people in Texas. When we talk about what’s needed to move America forward we have to focus on […]

Nearly 1.2 Million Fewer Texas Kids Experience Poverty Thanks to State and Federal Programs

How to measure poverty? It may seem like a wonky question, but it’s one that matters in gauging the impacts of anti-poverty programs. The official poverty measure was created in the 1960s and is valuable for evaluating long-term economic trends. But it doesn’t capture the benefits of anti-poverty programs that benefit Texas kids and families, […]

Analysis in Brief: DFPS Budget Proposals

Brakeyshia Samms, State Policy Fellow

This week, I testified in front of the Senate Finance Committee and the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Article II on their respective starting-point budget proposals for DFPS. This testimony comes a month after the Speaker of the House of Representatives Joe Straus (R – San Antonio) introduced HB 1, the House’s recommendations for funding state […]

Food and Nutrition in Texas: What You Need to Know

What did you have for breakfast today? While you try to remember, chew on these disturbing facts. 1.7 million Texas households struggled to put food on the table in 2013, one of the highest rates of household food insecurity in the country. That’s 4.7 million Texans. In a state as great as Texas, no one […]

Grab Your Boots, It’s Legislative Session Time

As the 84th Texas Legislative Session begins, I feel energized, prepared and optimistic. Really! Yes, the every-other-year legislative session can be divisive and nerve-racking. But the Capitol belongs to all of us as Texans, and these 140 days are our chance to shape the state our children will inherit. Our offices are buzzing here at […]

Dang, 2014 Has Been Quite a Year!

If I were to write a news headline for my first full year at CPPP, it would be “Dang, let’s dare Texas to be the best!” As we close out 2014, I’m reflecting on the incredible work we’ve done together this year. We’ve made progress on our vision of a Texas where everyone is healthy, […]

Kinship Care: Keeping Kids with Families

Rachel Cooper

253,000 Texas kids live with family or close friends who have stepped in to care for them when their parents aren’t able. These arrangements, known as “kinship care,” provide stability and familiarity for children at vulnerable times, but often create financial hardship for the caregivers. A number of resources are available, but current systems make […]