In response to a mandate from Congress, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine recently published a landmark study, A Roadmap to Reducing Child Poverty, which confirms that child poverty is solvable problem when there is the political will to address it. Written by a committee of the nation’s leading experts, the study puts forward an evidenced-based policy agenda that, if prioritized and implemented by our nation’s lawmakers, would cut our child poverty rate in half within a decade.

We have a roadmap, now is the time to act. Concurrent with the release of A Roadmap to Reducing Child Poverty, the U.S. Child Poverty Action Group launched End Child Poverty U.S., a national campaign to set a target to cut our child poverty rate in half within a decade and eliminate child poverty within 20 years.

To continue the discussion, please join First Focus and the U.S. Child Poverty Group to learn about the impact of child poverty on healthy child development and how Members of Congress and other stakeholders can utilize these findings in their work to reduce child poverty in the United States.


  • Senator Bob Casey (D-PA)


  • Bruce Lesley, President, First Focus

  • Robert Moffitt, Ph.D, Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Economics, John Hopkins University and NASEM Study Committee Member, A Roadmap to Reducing Child Poverty

  • Dr. Diana Montoya-Williams, Neonatologist, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Instructor of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine