Vision and Mission
The Consortium’s mission is to reduce poverty for children and their families, through advocacy on a set of strategic state and federal priorities, with effective implementation across the region.
The Consortium’s vision is a region where children and their parents’ basic needs are met; educational and economic opportunities are available to all; and families are financially secure.
New England Consortium (NEC) members have chosen to focus on poverty reduction because research shows that poverty is the most determining life circumstance for children and affects every other indicator of child well being. Even in the wealthier New England states, such as Connecticut and Massachusetts, poverty has persisted at constant levels for decades, and increased in recent years, which demonstrates a strong need to invest new energy and renewed effort.
Some New England cities have urban poverty rates that are among the highest in the nation, including Hartford, Providence, and Springfield. Rural areas in the three northern New England states have a disproportionate number of people living in poverty. The need to invest at this time is supported by the Brookings Institution projections, which indicate a steady increase in child poverty rates, unless purposeful action is taken to reverse these trends.
The Consortium looks forward to working with other advocates in the region, as well as with national partners who share the goal of ending child and family poverty.