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    Encouraging Low- and Moderate-Income Tax Filers to Save

    Implementation and Interim Impact Findings from the SaveUSA Evaluation

    This report describes the early effects of a program helping low- and moderate-income families build up unrestricted-use savings via tax refunds. Individuals who save a pledged amount for a year earn a 50-percent match payment. After 18 months, SaveUSA had increased the percentage of individuals with savings and boosted average savings amounts.

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    A Family-Strengthening Program for Low-Income Families

    Final Impacts from the Supporting Healthy Marriage Evaluation

    Supporting Healthy Marriage (SHM) was a yearlong voluntary marriage education program to help strengthen couples' relationships. SHM had small sustained positive effects on marital quality more than a year after the program ended but did not achieve its objectives of leading more couples to stay together or improving children’s well-being.

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    A First Look at the Head Start CARES Demonstration

    Large-Scale Implementation of Programs to Improve Children’s Social-Emotional Competence

    This report describes the extent to which three different classroom-based social-emotional strategies and related professional development supports were implemented as intended in Head Start centers, as well as the degree to which teachers’ practices changed as a result.

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