Cash Aid to Poor Mothers Increases Brain Activity in Babies, Study Finds

The New York Times | Jason DeParle

“This is a big scientific finding. It’s proof that just giving the families more money, even a modest amount of more money, leads to better brain development.”

A recent study provides evidence that a single year of subsidies to new parents could change something as profound as brain functioning and shines a light on the role that money may play in early child development. Jason DeParle reviews the findings of this study and the potential for new policies to be created as a result.

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