In January 2006, the Urban Institute and Child Trends co-sponsored a roundtable entitled "Trends and Policies that Affect Low-Income Children: What Are the Next Steps?" The purpose of the roundtable, attended by policymakers, program directors, researchers, policy experts, and advocates, was to inform and stimulate a debate regarding the development and well-being of the more than 26 million American children living in low-income families.
The day-long discussion was structured around four sessions:
(1) an overview of major risk factors encountered by low-income children,
(2) parental work and the quality of child care,
(3) children in immigrant families, and
(4) children living in especially vulnerable families.