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


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,


Fact Sheet: Income Support in The President’s 2019 Budget

| March 27, 2018 |

On February 12th, 2018, President Trump presented his budget request for fiscal year 2019 (FY19) to Congress, outlining his spending priorities for the coming


Building on the Foundation of FMLA: How Paid and Medical Family Leave Would Help Children Nationwide

| February 5, 2018 |

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the passage of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), landmark legislation which guarantees up to 12 weeks


Kids Will Pay the Price for USDA’s Push for “Flexibility” in Food Assistance Programs

| December 7, 2017 |

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has recently amped up its push for “flexibility” in two food assistance


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