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


Bipartisan Senate Farm Bill Rejects the Harm of the House Version

| June 21, 2018 |

Last week, the Senate Agriculture Committee advanced the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, also known as the Farm Bill. Unlike their counterparts in the


House TANF Bill Does Not Go Far Enough in Reducing Child Poverty

| June 1, 2018 |

Last week, the House Ways & Means Committee passed the Joining Opportunity with Benefits and Services (JOBS) for Success Act (H.R. 5861), which reauthorizes


Congressional Testimony: Comments on the Discussion Draft to Reauthorize the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program

| May 15, 2018 |

First Focus is a bipartisan children’s advocacy organization dedicated to making children and families a priority in federal policy and budget decisions. Our organization


The Harmful Consequences of Work Requirements and Other Obstacles on Children and Families

| May 14, 2018 |

MAY 14, 2018—Each year, effective federal programs give parents the power to provide their children with affordable healthcare, nutritious food, stable housing, and early


Letter to Congress: Limiting Access to Housing Assistance Hurts Families and Children

| May 7, 2018 |

Access to housing assistance remains extremely limited—only one in four families who are eligible for rent assistance in the United States receive it. First


New HUD Proposals Are the Wrong Direction for Children

| April 27, 2018 |

Affordable housing remains one of the main barriers to economic stability for many families. Housing costs continue to increase in the United States, yet


It’s Time to End Child Poverty —Here’s How

| April 18, 2018 |

A new report out of Washington University in St. Louis has found that the cost of child poverty to the U.S. economy was a


The House Farm Bill Draft Would Make It Harder for Families to Put Food on the Table

| April 13, 2018 |

Yesterday, the House Agriculture committee introduced its draft of the 2018 Farm Bill. This major legislation authorizes the nation’s largest federal food assistance program—the Supplemental


Our Kids, Our Future: Solutions to Child Poverty in the U.S.

| April 13, 2018 |

Child poverty remains high in the U.S., with nearly 1 in 5 children living in households below the poverty line. Children experience poverty at


First Focus Comment on Proposed SNAP Time Limit

| April 11, 2018 |

The US Department of Agriculture is considering changes to its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) time limit rules for Able Bodied Adults Without Dependents,