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. 


Podcast: Child Poverty is a Policy Decision With Megan Curran and Sophie Collyer

| February 28, 2024 |

In this episode, our hosts Bruce Lesley and Messellech “Selley” Looby chat with poverty experts Megan Curran and Sophie Collyer about the Child Tax

Letter: Commit to children during State of the Union Address

| February 23, 2024 |

First Focus on Children sent the following letter to President Joe Biden urging him to use his State of the Union address to commit

The Child Tax Credit and Its Potential Impact on the Lives of Children and Future of the Nation

| February 15, 2024 |

The Child Tax Credit should honor our society’s commitment to children in both their present and their future, while also serving as a moral

Podcast: A Conversation with Congress’s Top 2023 Champion for Children – Representative Suzanne Bonamici

| February 14, 2024 |

In this episode, our hosts Bruce Lesley and Messellech “Selley” Looby chat with Representative Suzanne Bonamici. Rep. Bonamici, who has represented Oregon’s 1st district

Podcast: Prescribing Away Poverty with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha and Dr. Luke Shaefer

| January 31, 2024 |

In this episode, we chat with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha and Professor Luke Shaefer about “Rx Kids,” their innovative program to support pregnant women and

Why Congress Must Pass the Bipartisan Tax Package

| January 24, 2024 |

Last night, House Leadership notified members of a potential vote on a bipartisan tax package that would make changes to the Child Tax Credit

Congress Must Do Something on Child Poverty Before Year Ends

| November 30, 2023 |

As 2023 comes to an end, we can’t let lawmakers go home without doing right by millions of kids in poverty Being a kid

Podcast: Money Matters with Dr. Kirabo Jackson

| November 29, 2023 |

In this episode, our hosts Bruce Lesley and Messellech “Selley” Looby welcome Dr. C. Kirabo Jackson, a researcher, professor, journal editor, and member of

Fact Sheet: U.S. Child Poverty Has Significantly Increased

| September 18, 2023 |

On September 12, 2023, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that the United States saw a significant increase in child poverty, with 12.4 percent of

Child poverty more than doubled in 2022, Census says

| September 12, 2023 |

Child poverty came roaring back in 2022, according to U.S. government figures released today, more than doubling to over 12% and erasing the last bits