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


7 Ways Congress Can Honor Children on Universal Children’s Day

| November 20, 2017 |

Countries all around the world are celebrating children’s rights today. Today marks the 63rd anniversary of the United Nations establishing November 20 to be


Children’s Budget 2017

| November 17, 2017 |

Children are receiving less than 8 percent of the federal budget—and this share fell 5.5 percent between 2014 and 2017, according to Children’s Budget 2017,


House Hearing Highlights Needs of Children in Opioid Crisis

| November 10, 2017 |

The U.S. House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education and the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development held a joint hearing


Letter to Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

| October 6, 2017 |

On October 4, 2017, First Focus sent a letter to Professor Philip Alton, of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. First


First Focus Statement on the Child Tax Credit

| October 6, 2017 |

Last week, officials from the White House, Senate and House of Representatives (known as the “Big Six”) released a framework for overhauling the tax


Study Shows Americans Agree: Poor Child Well-Being is a Top Issue

| October 3, 2017 |

Recently the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) released national survey results on perspectives of Americans on child and family well-being in the U.S., with


A Snapshot of Children Living in Poverty: 2016

| September 20, 2017 |

Data from 2016 released this month indicated positive news for children, with the national child poverty rate dropping from 19.7 percent in 2015 to


In the News: Income Up, Poverty Down Across the U.S.

| September 13, 2017 |

Income Up, Poverty Down Across the U.S. (Philadelphia Inquirer) Life improved overall in America in 2016, as income rose while poverty decreased, and the


With 13 Million US Kids in Poverty, We Can Do Better

| September 12, 2017 |

Today, the U.S. Census Bureau released its annual data on children living in poverty in the U.S. and it confirms three things that we


Census Data Highlights Devastating Effect of Poverty on Children

| September 12, 2017 |

WASHINGTON–New data published today from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that 18 percent of American children—13.3 million—lived below the poverty line in 2016, a slight decrease from