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


U.S. Child Poverty in 2021

| September 21, 2022 |

On September 13, 2022, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that the United States saw the lowest child poverty rate on record, with 5.2% of


It’s way too early to declare victory over child poverty

| September 20, 2022 |

Child poverty in this country last year dropped to the lowest rate ever recorded and, according to new research, has declined by nearly 60%


Child poverty drops to historic lows, Census reports

| September 13, 2022 |

Decline proves “child poverty is a policy decision” U.S. child poverty dropped to the lowest rate ever recorded, according to government figures released today,


Undoing the Racist Legacy of Cash Assistance in the South: Reimagining TANF Using the “Black Women Best” Framework

| August 31, 2022 |

This paper is part of First Focus on Children’s upcoming series Big Ideas 2022: The American South Forward This report was written before the


The Family Security Act 2.0 Creates Winners and Losers

| July 8, 2022 |

Our children are facing some of the most challenging times seen in our nation’s history. America’s historically high rate of child poverty and significant


Comment on proposed changes to the U.S. Census Bureau Household Pulse Survey

| May 18, 2022 |

First Focus on Children submitted the following comment to the Office of Management and Budget to stress the need for long-term access to frequent


Watch: Studies show Children enjoyed more stable lives with pandemic aid

| April 20, 2022 |

Analysts from Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan have found that federal pandemic assistance helped close the persistent gap in material hardship for U.S.


Watch: Child poverty experts outline successful strategies

| April 12, 2022 |

Earlier today, the U.S. Child Poverty Action Group, GRACE & End Child Poverty California campaign, and the First Focus Campaign for Children hosted a


One year ago, we proved that we know how to end child poverty — we can’t stop now.

| March 24, 2022 |

2021 was a landmark year for reducing child poverty in the United States. One-year improvements to the Child Tax Credit (CTC) included in the


Issue Brief: How Tax Credits Could Provide Transition-Age Youth Greater Financial Stability

| January 21, 2022 |

Who are Transition-Age Youth?  Transition-Age Youth (“TAY”) are teenagers and young adults between ages 16 and 24 who are making the transition to adulthood.