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.  We can look to the United Kingdom, where the British government halved child poverty in 2009 through a coordinated strategy of investments for children, measures to make work pay, and efforts to increase financial support for families.  We can also look to what has worked here in the US and our success in significantly reducing senior poverty through federal investments like Medicare and Social Security.  We need to build on what works and help working families provide the security that is essential to ensure that all children can fulfill their potential.

Resources


Lawmakers: Make TANF Work for Children

| September 26, 2016 |

Youth Today 9/21/16 The verdict is out: 20 years later, the only federal cash assistance program for low-income families desperately needs an overhaul. In


Fact Sheet: 2015 Data for Children in Poverty

| September 22, 2016 |

2015 saw some positive news for children, with the national child poverty rate dropping from 21.1 percent in 2014 to 19.7 percent in 2015, resulting


Interest on National Debt Projected to Outpace Funding for Kids, New Report Shows

| September 20, 2016 |

For Immediate Release: September 20, 2016 Contact: Meg Biallas, (202) 657-0664 Washington – A report released today by the nonprofit research organization Urban Institute


Kids’ Share 2016: Report on Federal Expenditures on Children Through 2015 and Future Projections

| September 20, 2016 |

Kids’ Share 2016 is our tenth annual analysis of federal spending and tax investments in children and families. The report finds the children’s share of the


Letters to Congress: Pass a Short-Term CR, Address Zika Virus

| September 14, 2016 |

On September 14, 2016, members of the Children’s Budget Coalition submitted a letter to the Senate and House of Representatives urging Congress to prioritize investments in


New Census Data Portrays Need for U.S. Child Poverty Action Group

| September 13, 2016 |

New Census data released today shows despite some progress from last year, 14.5 million children in the U.S., nearly one in five, continue to


Lack of Progress on Child Poverty Reduction Prompts the Formation of New National Coalition

| September 13, 2016 |

Washington – Amid alarming new Census data showing that nearly one in five children live below the federal poverty line, a coalition of national


Tell Capitol Hill to Stop Poisoning Our Kids with #NoMoreLead

| September 9, 2016 |

We know what needs to be done for our kids: lead poisoning must end. Several proposals before Congress have been introduced to address the


Report Release: Kids’ Share 2016

Event September 20, 2016 |

Sep 20 2016 Ended Report Release: Kids' Share 2016 Urban Institute, Washington, DC, Is Spending on Children Part of the Public Conversation? A Discussion


Urban Institute, First Focus, unveil Kids’ Share 2016 findings Sept. 20

| September 8, 2016 |

Washington – The social and economic policy think tank Urban Institute and non-partisan children’s advocacy group First Focus will unveil the results of Kids’