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.

Resources


California Lawmakers and Advocates are Prioritizing Child Poverty

| March 28, 2017 |

The child poverty rate in the U.S. remains extremely high: nearly 1 in 5 children in the U.S. are living below the poverty line and


New House Healthcare Bill Would Harm Medicaid, and Thereby, Child Health Coverage

| March 7, 2017 |

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 7, 2017 (Washington, D.C.) – In response to the release of the American Health Care Act by Republican leadership in


The Hygiene Assistance for Families of Infants and Toddlers Act of 2017

| February 22, 2017 |

Nearly half of infants and toddlers in the U.S. are living in low-income families. This means that over 5 million young children are living in


Letter: Thank You for Reintroducing the FAMILY Act

| February 21, 2017 |

First Focus Campaign for Children President Bruce Lesley sent a letter to Representative Rosa DeLauro and Kirsten Gillibrand thanking them for reintroducing the Family and


The Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act (FAMILY) of 2017

| February 14, 2017 |

The Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act (The FAMILY Act), sponsored by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), will provide family


Recommendations for the First 100 Days of the Trump Administration

| February 8, 2017 |

Over the course of the next four years, 16 million children will be born in this country and they deserve to be met with


Child Advocates Release Recommendations for Trump’s First 100 Days

| February 8, 2017 |

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: FEBRUARY 8, 2017 (WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Amid sweeping changes by the incoming Trump Administration, First Focus Campaign for Children has issued its


Youth Advocates Share Hopes for First 100 Days

| January 9, 2017 |

YouthToday 1/9/17 By Molly McCluskey WASHINGTON — Candidate Donald Trump offered little insight into his prospective policies surrounding youth and families, and President-Elect Trump


Advocates Call on New Administration to Set a Child Poverty Target in 2017

| December 22, 2016 |

For Immediate Release: Thursday, December 22, 2016 Contact: Meg Biallas, (202) 657-0664 megb@firstfocus.org Washington – A coalition of child advocates is calling on the


Legislation with Mental Health Reforms, Opioid Prevention Funding Heads to Senate

| December 1, 2016 |

YouthToday 12/1/2016 A major medical innovation bill that could help children and families with mental health reforms and funding to fight opioid addiction is