Sara Edelstein

Sara Edelstein is a Research Associate II in the Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population at the Urban Institute. At UI, her research has focused on asset building among low-income households, alternative financial services, work support programs, and childhood poverty. She earned her M.P.P from Georgetown University’s Public Policy Institute.

How Can We Better Connect Youth to Work and School? Five Lessons for Youth Employment Programs

By Sara Edelstein  ::  September 16th, 2014

    In a time when youth unemployment rates are soaring and postsecondary education is increasingly necessary for finding a good job, programs that guide high school students toward further education and employment are critical. But while programs exist for youth who are already safely on the path toward college and for those who have […]

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Child Poverty for Minorities is Highest in Small, Majority-White Metros

By Sara Edelstein  ::  February 18th, 2013

My last post revealed that in McAllen, Texas, a shocking 47 percent of children live below the poverty line. Unfortunately, the news gets worse when we look at child poverty by race for the nation’s 100 largest metropolitan areas. In Scranton, Pennsylvania, the poverty rate for children overall is 21 percent, which is barely above […]

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High Rates of Child Poverty Hidden in Smaller Metro Areas

By Sara Edelstein  ::  February 8th, 2013

If you were to spend a day in McAllen, Texas, every other child you saw would be living in poverty. The McAllen metropolitan area’s child poverty rate is an astounding 47 percent—and unfortunately, it is not alone in having a troublingly high rate of poverty. Poverty during childhood, which increased considerably in the Great Recession, […]

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Does government spending by age reflect a commitment to early intervention?

By Sara Edelstein  ::  October 9th, 2012

The growing research consensus is that intervening early in children’s lives is key to their future well-being. Programs such as Head Start aim to positively influence children’s development early on and lessen the chances of difficulties later. But on a larger scale, how much does government actually invest in young children compared with older children? […]

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