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.


Twitter Chat: How You Can Support Students Impacted by Immigration Raids

| August 26, 2016 |

As immigrant and refugee students head back to school this fall, immigration raids are still a concern. Attendance can suffer. Students may experience heightened

Home Visiting Programs Work: Here’s the Proof

| August 22, 2016 |

The Chronicle of Social Change By Karen Howard 8/22/16 As a career advocate for children, I applaud Los Angeles County’s innovative efforts to reduce child

Former foster kids tell Congress what policies they needed

| August 20, 2016 |

Bryan County News By Lois M. Collins 8/20/16 When Vaneshia Reed was 15, she was removed from the home of her mother, who abused

Twenty years after its enactment, TANF has lost its buying power

| August 18, 2016 |

Washington – Once intended to be the nation’s most innovative anti-poverty program, the only federal cash assistance program designed to help lift families out

To Make TANF Truly Effective, Put Kids Front and Center

| August 16, 2016 |

Editor’s Note: This post was co-authored by Cara Baldari of First Focus and John Sciamanna of The Child Welfare League of America. The only

Briefing: Children’s Right to Counsel

Event September 12, 2016 |

Sep 12 2016 Briefing: Children’s Right to Counsel Gold Room, Washington, DC, US Please join the American Bar Association, Children’s Advocacy Institute, First Focus

Pay Up or Park: Texas Links Child Support to Car Registration

| August 9, 2016 |

Governing The state’s rare approach is meant to increase child support payments. But some say it will do the opposite. By J.B. Wogan 8/9/16

Presidential candidates silent on child poverty

| August 4, 2016 |

The Orlando Advocate By Mona Shand 8/4/16 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – At the conventions and on the campaign trail, Floridians are hearing plenty from both

An Upstream Approach: Using Data-Driven Home Visiting to Prevent Child Abuse

| August 2, 2016 |

The Chronicle of Social Change By Daniel Heimpel 8/2/16 Today, Los Angeles County’s Board of Supervisors will vote on a motion to move 103 public health nurses

Experts: Unimproved Child Poverty Rates Ignored by Presidential Candidates

| July 31, 2016 |

KMA LAND 960 AM & 99.1 FM By Bob Kessler 7/31/16 (Des Moines) — The percentage of children living in poverty has not improved