Addressing Child Poverty During the Pandemic

Lisa Gennetian, Pritzker Associate Professor of Early Learning Policy Studies in the Sanford School of Public Policy, and David Reese, President and CEO of the Durham Children’s Initiative

Lisa Gennetian and David Reese discussed federal and local efforts to support children and families affected by the pandemic during this annual community event.

The program also featured poster presentations from students in the Child Policy Certificate capstone course, Reed Kenny, Sarah Platek, and Noor Sandhu. The students shared their research in social emotional well-being.

Gennetian is an applied economist whose research straddles a variety of areas concerning child poverty from income security and stability to early care and education, with a particular lens toward identifying the causal impacts of child poverty on children’s development. Her work includes Baby’s First Years, a multi-site, multi-year randomized control study of a monthly unconditional cash transfer to low-income mothers of infants in the U.S.

Reese has over 25 years of experience in non-profit operations and leadership development, with particular expertise in community development and aligning systems and partners to improve outcomes for families and children and youth. He has led the Durham Children’s Initiative through incredible growth since he joined the organization as its first (and only) president and CEO in 2010. Under his leadership, the Durham Children’s Initiative has raised nearly $15 million dollars in support of families and children in Durham, expanded from a team of two to 25 (with over 50 staff seasonally), and has served over 2,000 young people.

This event was sponsored by the School Research Partnership, a joint effort of Duke’s Office of the Provost and the Center for Child and Family Policy that strives to serve as a portal to assist Duke researchers in getting their studies placed in area schools.