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The Evidence for Strengthening the Child Tax Credit

Housing & Homelessness
Poverty & Family Economics
Tax Policy

The coronavirus outbreak and the resulting economic crisis are falling hardest on the most vulnerable among us, including our nation’s children. It is disrupting every facet of children’s lives and we cannot yet know all of the negative and long-lasting implications it will have on children’s future success.

Child poverty is stubbornly high in the United States and we continue to have higher rates of child poverty than many of our peer countries.  The pandemic may cause child poverty rates to spike by as much as 53 percent due to widespread job losses, meaning more children will be put at risk of long-lasting harm to their healthy development. It is critical that we act now.

We know how to mitigate the harm caused by the pandemic and address our consistently high level of child poverty. Ample research tells us that strengthening and expanding the Child Tax Credit and converting it into a monthly child allowance is one of the most effective ways to address child poverty and improve child well-being. Monthly cash payments help parents and guardians meet the rising costs of raising children and supporting their healthy development.  

Below is a list of resources from the children’s advocacy and research community that shows extensive evidence as to why strengthening and expanding the Child Tax Credit and converting it into a monthly child allowance is necessary to tackling child poverty in the United States and improving the long-term outcomes of our nation’s children.

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