General Resources

Annie E. Casey Foundation:  Foundation that supports research and innovative programs to help disadvantaged children and families.  There is information about states and some cities, particularly with regard to the status of children.  They collect a low of data, particularly KIDS COUNT.

Center for Law and Policy Studies:  A national, non-profit organization in Washington, DC that conducts research, policy analysis, and advocacy on issues related to economic security for low income families with children.

Children's Defense Fund:  Advocacy Group that conducts research and champions legislation for children's well-being.  The site has many links to other groups.

Institute for Women's Policy Research:  The institute is committed to improving women's lives by researching policy in five program areas: employment, earnings and economic change; democracy and society; poverty, welfare and income security; work and family; and health and violence.

Harvard University Civil Right Project at the Harvard University School of Education.  Many research projects that monitor educational trends, including re-segregation.

Health and Human Services: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation.  Principal advisor to the Secretary of HHS and responsible for policy development and related research.  See for poverty line as well as other policy matters.

Housing and Urban Development (HUD):  Agency that focuses on housing, especially for low income people and the elderly.  There is a link to each state and information about housing projects and section 8 housing. Low Income Networking and Communications Project.  This is a link to their Online Resources as well as links to other projects, organizations, and information about resources.

National Center for Children in Poverty:  Research site and clearinghouse for information at the Columbia University School of Public Health.  Web site has links to recent information and other sources.

National Housing Law Project: Advocacy group that offer information about resources and guidelines.  Can help you navigate the policies in this area.

National Low Income Housing Coalition:  Established in 1974, the National Low Income Housing Coalition is dedicated solely to ending America’s affordable housing crisis. NLIHC is committed to educating, organizing, and advocating to ensure safe, decent, affordable housing within healthy
neighborhoods for everyone.   Link is to study about housing costs, indicating that decent housing is out of the reach of many individuals.  Link for the home page is NLIHC.

University of Wisconsin, Institute for Research on Poverty
Long established research center that produces many papers.

Urban Institute:  Site of research on poverty and related topics with links to other organizations.

EITC (Earned Income Tax Credits)

Internal Revenue Service:  Web site with Tax Information for Individuals.  Click on EITC and also you can look at other information.   Or go directly to  (,,id=96406,00.html)

National Center for Children in Poverty:  Research site with link to information about EITC.

Nehemiah Gateway Community Development Corp, 201 West 23 Street, Wilmington 302 655-0803, Mary DuPont and Frances Brumskill.  Newcastle County campaign to increase number of people filing EITC.

Food Security

Food and Nutrition Service:  Information on all USDA Programs.

Food Stamp Program and Food Security:
Food and Nutrition Service agency that publishes studies and summaries for the USDA,

Food Bank of Delaware: Local organization that provides food to organizations and pantries.  The web site has much information about community needs as well as ways to help. 

 Head Start

Children's Defense Fund:  General site for the Children's Defense Fund.  Go to the site index and find Head Start.  Site addresses the most frequently asked questions about Head Start with links to other resources.  (

US Dept. of Health and Human Services:   Web page for Head Start, which is part of the Administration for Children and Families. Orientation to the Head Start program with links for general information, legislation, policies and research.


Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation is a non-profit, private operating foundation focusing on the major health care issues facing the nation. The Foundation is an independent voice and source of facts and analysis for policymakers, the media, the health care community, and the general public. 

State of Delaware Division of Human Services :

Within the Department of Health and Social Services, the Division of Social Services (DSS) is directly responsible for administering these programs: Medicaid, Delaware’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Food Stamps, Subsidized Child Care, General Assistance, Refugee Cash Assistance, Chronic Renal Disease, Delaware Healthy Children and Delaware Prescription Assistance Program.

Families USA :
Link contains other resources in public health.

School Lunch Program

Food and Nutrition Service:  Information on USDA Programs.

Healthy School Meals Resource System:   Information about child nutrition for users of the system, includes research reports.

US Department of Agriculture, National School Lunch Program
Orientation to the Program, including income eligibility guideline, reimbursement rates, and other material.


WIC (Women, Infants and Children)

Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion: USDA agency that studies nutrition issues.

Food and Nutrition Service: Orientation to Women, Infants and Children Program with Links to information.

Review of Nutritional Status of WIC Participants  Report on WIC Program and Participants from August 1999.

Revised 9/2006