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. 


Millions of children at risk if government changes poverty measure

| May 13, 2019 |

Millions of children could lose access to healthcare, nutritious food, early childhood education, heating assistance and other critical resources if the government enacts new

You’re Invited: Implementing A Roadmap to Reducing Child Poverty

| April 16, 2019 |

In response to a mandate from Congress, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine recently published a landmark study, A Roadmap to Reducing

Fact Sheet: Impact of the President’s 2020 Budget on Income Support

| April 16, 2019 |

On March 11, President Trump presented his budget request for fiscal year 2020 (FY20) to Congress, outlining his spending priorities for the coming year. 

What are the Roadmaps to Cutting Child Poverty in Half in Your State?

| April 8, 2019 |

On February 28, 2019, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) released a consensus study, A Roadmap to Reducing Child Poverty, which has

Cutting Child Poverty in Half Within a Decade: A Congressional Briefing

| March 1, 2019 |

March 14, 2019 Hosted by the U.S. Child Poverty Action Group, First Focus, The American Academy of Pediatrics, and the National Prevention Science Coalition

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