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 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


Fact Sheet: The Public Charge Rule Harms Children

| October 10, 2018 |

The strength of our country’s economic future is dependent on the wellbeing of our nation’s children, who make up our future tax base. Children


Statement: DHS proposed public charge rule would harm children

| October 10, 2018 |

Washington, D.C., October 10, 2018—First Focus is outraged by a rule published today in the Federal Register by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security


Fact Sheet: A Snapshot of Children Living in Poverty: 2017

| September 24, 2018 |

Our nation’s economic security depends on the well-being of our children, who are our future workforce and tax base. Yet data recently released from


Press Release: Share of Federal Spending on Children Has Decreased 1.7 Percent Since FY 2014

| September 20, 2018 |

Washington, D.C., September 20, 2018—Children received 1.7 percent less of the federal budget in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 than they did in FY 2014,


Children’s Budget Book 2018 – Messaging and Social Media Kit

| September 19, 2018 |

First Focus is proud to announce the release of Children’s Budget 2018, which captures and analyzes historical funding data and spending trends across a wide


Children’s Budget Summit 2018

| September 19, 2018 |

Thursday, October 4, 2018 Program: 2:30 – 5:00 p.m. Reception: 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Capitol Visitor Center : SVC 212-10 Washington, D.C. When it comes


Statement from Child Poverty Action Group: Child poverty is still unacceptably high for an economy in recovery

| September 13, 2018 |

Yesterday the U.S. Census Bureau reported that despite gains in our economy and low unemployment, child poverty in the U.S. remains stubbornly high at 17.5