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Crediting Children and Families

December 3, 2012
By Kayla Klein, First Focus Intern Associate

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC) are tax credits designed to support low income working families and help them meet their children’s basic needs. At the end of 2012, these tax credits require Congressional action to continue in their current forms and face changes that could have devastating effects on the millions of children who currently receive them.

Tweeting the Debates

November 14, 2012
By Melissa Dishart, Ed Walz

Boy Holding a MegaphoneWe had a good experience this fall with a social media engagement tactic, and we thought it might be helpful to share some observations for those interested in similar efforts.

America’s Report Card 2012 Series: Conclusion

November 2, 2012
By Kayla Klein, First Focus Intern Associate

Five issue areas that affect the well-being of children are graded in America’s Report Card 2012: Children in the U.S.: Economic Security, Early Childhood, K-12 Education, Permanency & Stability, and Health & Safety. To conclude this blog series we need to think about what we can do to raise these grades.

America’s Report Card 2012 Series: Health & Safety

October 31, 2012
By Kayla Klein, First Focus Intern Associate

In America’s Report Card 2012: Children in the U.S., report by First Focus and Save the Children to assess the state of children in the United States, America scores its highest grade with a C+ for Health & Safety.