Poverty & Family Economics

One in five children live in poverty today. Economic insecurity in childhood can often lead to lifelong disadvantages, ranging from poor health to low achievement in school. Federal investments like the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit lift millions of children and families out of poverty every year, but yet children still continue to bear the brunt of the recession’s effects. The good news is that we know how to reduce child poverty.

Modeled after the United Kingdom's efforts, the Child Poverty Action Group is a network of organizations committed to setting a child poverty target through a coordinated strategy of investments for children, measures to make work pay, and efforts to increase financial support for families. We need to build on what works and help families provide the security that is essential so that all children can fulfill their potential. Sign up to receive updates from the Child Poverty Action Group to learn how you can be part of ending poverty among children and families. 

Resources


The FAMILY Act is a Push in the Right Direction

| February 13, 2019 |

This week, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) reintroduced The Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act. Almost every worker in


Fact Sheet: How the Proposed Snap Time-Limit Rule Will Harm Children

| February 1, 2019 |

View our fact sheet. The Situation As the nation’s largest federal food assistance program, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the first line


The Raise the Wage Act of 2019 Would Benefit Millions of Children

| January 18, 2019 |

  This week, Senators Bernie Sanders and Patty Murray, as well as Representatives Bobby Scott, Mark Pocan, Stephanie Murphy, and several others reintroduced the


New Year, New Opportunity to Reduce Child Poverty

| January 4, 2019 |

EDITOR’S NOTE: This was originally published on Medium. When you think about the common elements of New Year’s resolution, they often include steps to


Our Comments on the Proposed Public Charge Rule

| December 7, 2018 |

On December 7, 2018, First Focus submitted comments on the proposed public charge rule. In short, the administration’s public charge rule would lead to


Fact Sheet: Administrative Threats to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

| October 24, 2018 |

Food insecurity remains a major threat to health and wellbeing of 12.5 million children in America. This means that in 2017, one in six children


Department of Homeland Security Public Charge Rule Would Increase Child Poverty in the United States

| October 23, 2018 |

The strength of our economic future is dependent on the well-being of our nation’s children. Yet child poverty remains high in the United States,


Department of Homeland Security Public Charge Rule is a Disingenuous Attack on Children

| October 18, 2018 |

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently published a proposed rule on the Federal Register that would drastically change the guidelines for applying to enter


Department of Homeland Security Public Charge Rule Would Make Children Less Healthy

| October 16, 2018 |

The Department of Homeland Security released their proposed rule to the public charge section of immigration law in early October. This rule would affect


2018 Children’s Budget Summit Highlights: It’s Time to Stop Shortchanging Our Children

| October 12, 2018 |

Last week, First Focus hosted the 2018 Children’s Budget Summit to introduce the 11th annual release of its signature publication, Children’s Budget 2018, which