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


Tax Credits: A Crucial Weapon in the Fight Against Child Poverty

| March 22, 2017 |

This was originally posted at Spotlight On Poverty. If a topic like comprehensive tax reform could ever be the rage in Washington, now would


Family Tax Policy: A Path Forward to Lifting Children out of Poverty

| March 14, 2017 |

  On March 14, 2017 the U.S. Child Poverty Action Group released Family Tax Policy: A Path Forward to Lifting Children out of Poverty. The


Using Tax Reform to Lift Children Out of Poverty

| March 14, 2017 |

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 14, 2017 WASHINGTON, D.C. – A powerful coalition today released a paper that offers lawmakers a blueprint for using tax


Fact Sheet: Medicaid is Cost-Effective Coverage for Kids

| March 9, 2017 |

As the largest insurer of children, we know that Medicaid is critical to 36.8 million low-income children. From well-baby and well-child visits, to vaccines, eyeglasses, dental


Twitter Chat: Triple Threat to Children’s Health

Event March 15, 2017 |

Mar 15 2017 Ended Twitter Chat: Triple Threat to Children's Health Join First Focus, MomsRising, The Children’s Partnership and the Georgetown Center for Children


Federal Spending on Child Poverty Meager, But Root Causes Must Be Found: Experts Agree

| March 2, 2017 |

YouthToday 3/2/17 By John Holland WASHINGTON — The war on poverty and an array of social welfare measures that followed over the last half-century


From the Mouth of a Babe: A 7-year-old Asks Leaders to Prioritize Kids

| February 23, 2017 |

So often, children have no one to speak on their behalf. It’s one of the biggest reasons why First Focus and First Focus Campaign


Preventing the Negative Effects of Poverty on Child Development: Evidence-Based Policies and Solutions

Event March 01, 2017 |

Mar 01 2017 Ended Preventing the Negative Effects of Poverty on Child Development: Evidence-Based Policies and Solutions American Psychological Association, Washington, DC The National


The Long Game: Tolerance and Respect for One Another

| February 8, 2017 |

In 2017, the United States of America turned its back on refugees. History will judge us poorly, but that’s no consolation for the children,


The Real Way to ‘Make America Great Again’

| January 23, 2017 |

This post originally appeared on Medium. Subscribe to the Voices for Kids publication on Medium. President Donald Trump rarely mentioned children’s issues through much