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


A Snapshot of Children Living in Poverty: 2016

| September 20, 2017 |

Data from 2016 released this month indicated positive news for children, with the national child poverty rate dropping from 19.7 percent in 2015 to


In the News: Income Up, Poverty Down Across the U.S.

| September 13, 2017 |

Income Up, Poverty Down Across the U.S. (Philadelphia Inquirer) Life improved overall in America in 2016, as income rose while poverty decreased, and the


With 13 Million US Kids in Poverty, We Can Do Better

| September 12, 2017 |

Today, the U.S. Census Bureau released its annual data on children living in poverty in the U.S. and it confirms three things that we


Census Data Highlights Devastating Effect of Poverty on Children

| September 12, 2017 |

WASHINGTON–New data published today from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that 18 percent of American children—13.3 million—lived below the poverty line in 2016, a slight decrease from


In the News: Push to simplify taxes is on but don’t touch some deductions

| September 1, 2017 |

The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG), of which First Focus is a member, was cited in an article about plans to overhaul the tax


Increasing the Minimum Wage is Good for Child Well-Being

| August 31, 2017 |

A new study from researchers at Indiana University finds that raising the minimum wage by $1 per hour would lead to a substantial decrease


In the News: New research links increased minimum wage to reduced child maltreatment

| August 29, 2017 |

Bruce Lesley, Cara Baldari and Rricha Mathur provided comments for an article for the Chronicle of Social Change published on August 29, 2017 about the


The Welfare Reform and Upward Mobility Act is the Wrong Direction to Reduce Child Poverty

| August 11, 2017 |

The Welfare Reform and Upward Mobility Act, introduced in June by House Freedom Caucus Chair Rep. Mark Meadows, Freedom Caucus member Rep. Jim Jordan,


Young Children Experiencing Homelessness

| August 1, 2017 |

Editor’s Note: This guest post was originally published here, and has been republished with the author’s permission. Last month in D.C., I had the


Kate’s Law Makes Immigrant Parents Criminals and Harms Kids

| June 28, 2017 |

It’s well established that children of immigrants worried about their parents being deported have higher levels of toxic stress, which can be damaging to