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


Letter: Inform states of the vacatur of the 2019 Public Charge Final Rule

| September 30, 2021 |

On September 30th, First Focus on Children sent a letter to Secretary Fudge asking the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to


Fact Sheet: Child Poverty in the Wake of COVID-19

| September 23, 2021 |

On September 14, 2021, the U.S. Census Bureau released national child poverty estimates for 2020, including both the Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM) and the


All you need to know about child poverty in one simple chart

| September 16, 2021 |

On Tuesday, U.S. Census Bureau released their annual report on income, earnings, income inequality, and poverty in the United States, and, as usual, it


Child poverty soars during pandemic, but aid to families blunted the impact

| September 14, 2021 |

The child poverty rate climbed above 16% in 2020 — a more than 10% increase over 2019 — according to figures released today, but stimulus


Fact Sheet: LIFT the BAR Act

| September 8, 2021 |

Children of immigrants and immigrant children make up one-quarter of all U.S. kids and represent the fastest growing group of children in America. Despite


TANF turns 25: let’s maximize its reach to children in need

| August 17, 2021 |

This week marks the 25th anniversary of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, which before the recent expansion of the Child Tax


Statement: SNAP increase will strengthen food security for 15.8 million children

| August 16, 2021 |

Bruce Lesley, president of First Focus on Children, made the following statement in response to the Biden Administration’s revision of the USDA’s Thrifty Food


WATCH: 4 working moms explain how the expanded Child Tax Credit will be a “relief” for their families

| July 15, 2021 |

Last week I had the opportunity to sit down with 4 working moms from West Virginia to talk about the new Child Tax Credit


WATCH: The American Families Plan: What does it mean for kids? | #ChildrensWeek2021

| June 14, 2021 |

Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona today urged viewers during the first event of Children’s Week 2021 to “be a voice for children” by writing


Letter: The first — and next — 100 days

| May 4, 2021 |

First Focus on Children sent the following letter to President Joseph Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris congratulating them on the achievements of their