Reactions to "Child Poverty in Massachusetts: A Tale of Two States"


The report presents a complex issue in a way that is both compelling and accessible to readers. It recognizes the value in collaborating statewide, and for interceding in a way that will counter intergenerational causes of poverty.

Marilyn Anderson Chase, Assistant Secretary for Children, Youth and Families
Executive Office of Health and Human Services, Commonwealth of Massachusetts



We absolutely loved this report and have been circulating it around the Mayor's Office.  The format, the information, the way you filtered in and out what was important to read was excellent. The Report was extremely readable and easy to take with you. Thank you immensely.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Center for Economic Development


Congratulations on your report - it is fantastic!  I'm so impressed with it - both content-wise and visually - It's truly amazing!  We are consulting it a lot here and plan to use a lot of the statistics going forward.  You should feel very proud.

Christie Getto Young
Senior Director, Public Policy
United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley
Boston, Massachusetts


I just received your new publication, "Child Poverty in Massachusetts and it looks marvelous!  The presentation, topics, and framing are powerful and compelling.  Congrats to you both and to folks at the Annie E. Casey Foundation for supporting your great work.

Douglas J. Hall, Ph.D.
Acting Managing Director
Connecticut Voices for Children

WOW!  I just opened your Kids Count book on poverty and am so impressed.  Both the content and the graphics are really wonderful.  We are already thinking of ways to imitate you - the sincerest form of flattery!

M. Martha Cranley
Wisconsin Council on Children & Families
Madison, WI

I was at a child care-related meeting today in Sturbridge, MA and your Child Poverty Report was highlighted for everyone as an "important read"!

Caroline Ross, Assistant Vice President, Community Impact
United Way of Mass Bay and Merrimac Valley

Very well done! Impressive presentation!

Sandra Venner, Program Director
Institute on Assets and Social Policy
The Heller School for Social Policy and Management
Brandeis University


The Report's theme mirrors Springfield, where you can see differences in economic classes as you travel nine minutes through the city, and it helped to galvanize Springfield to start the Poverty Reduction Task Force. The Report helped us start the conversation that needed to get started, identify issues associated with poverty and begin to prioritize action areas.

Nicole Blais, Chief of Staff/Community Liaison
Holyoke, Chicopee, Springfield Head Start