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


Impact of the President’s FY 2018 Budget Request on Children

| May 25, 2017 |

  President Trump’s $4.1 trillion budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2018 seeks massive cuts to critical programs that help American children and families. It


President’s Budget Would Push More Children into Poverty

| May 25, 2017 |

There are millions of children each day living in poverty in the U.S. and trying to thrive and, through no fault of their own,


New Maine Bill Aims to Reduce Child Poverty In Response to Withheld Funds from Governor

| May 22, 2017 |

Due to the in-depth reporting by the Bangor Daily News and the tireless work of child advocates in Maine, we know that over the


Mother’s Day: Five Things You Can Tell Congress To Do For Kids

| May 11, 2017 |

What better way to honor Mother’s Day than voicing your support for legislation that will strengthen American families and improve children’s health and wellbeing?


To Address Child Poverty, Let’s Start with a Clean Diaper

| May 10, 2017 |

EDITOR’S NOTE: This guest post can also be found on the Voices for Kids Medium publication. A clean diaper is among the most basic


Is America Holding Out on Protecting Children’s Rights?

| May 2, 2017 |

The Atlantic 5/2/17 By Amy Rothschild Recently, I asked my 4-, 5-, and 6-year-old students what they thought all children need in order to


Children and Families Facing Eviction: Featuring Matthew Desmond

Event July 19, 2017 |

Jul 19 2017 Children and Families Facing Eviction: Featuring Matthew Desmond Capitol Hill, Washington, DC    


This is the Week to Make Children’s Lives Great

| April 25, 2017 |

It’s shaping up to be an action-packed week in Washington, DC as the White House scrambles with Congressional leaders to pass a signature piece


Renewing CHIP Is Bipartisan No-brainer

| April 17, 2017 |

YouthToday 4/17/17 By Carrie Fitzgerald More than 35 million kids and their families across the country breathed a sigh of relief on the afternoon


Why Psychology Is Essential to Building Healthy Communities

| April 5, 2017 |

  EDITOR’S NOTE: This blog post is part of a national awareness campaign week focused on healthy communities. Follow online with #HealthyCommunities. Your house