furnish the best source of information upon the juvenile delinquency and dependency of any neighborhood; the attendance officer, under the suggested change of law, will issue work permits and will find mothers' pensions of great value in supplementing this work. 583
So we see, at the very least, that mothers' pensions were promoted by proponents of the children's cause as measures to aid in the enforcement of the laws and to promote other community goals. To be sure, effective community support does seem to be associated with the eventual introduction of mothers' pensions. However, one would be misinterpreting the motivations behind Progressive reform if one underestimated the greater priority Progressive reformers placed on raising educational and family standards as compared to relieving poverty.