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. 


CPAG Webinar: State Strategies to Reduce Child Poverty

| July 12, 2019 |

Note: This U.S. Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) webinar aired on July 11, 2019, but you can view the recording and materials below. View

Coalition Letter: Opposition to the Proposal to Adjust the Official Poverty Measure

| June 24, 2019 |

More than 85 organizations joined us in sending a letter to Congress in opposition to the administration’s proposal to adjust the the Official Poverty

Putting the Spotlight on Child Poverty

| June 21, 2019 |

By Sarah Morrison The following guest blog was originally published on the Coalition on Human Needs site, and has been republished here with permission.

Statement: CPAG Responds to OMB Proposal on New Poverty Calculation

| May 24, 2019 |

The U.S. Child Poverty Action Group, a partnership of child advocates dedicated to ending child poverty, stands opposed to a recent proposal being explored

Stories of “Lunch-Shaming” Highlight Need for Free School Meals

| May 24, 2019 |

A slew of recent news stories are calling attention to the widespread problem of “lunch-shaming,” the practice of calling attention to, punishing, and stigmatizing

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