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


Letter to Congress: New Child Poverty Data

| September 12, 2017 |

On September 12, 2017 the U.S. Child Poverty Coalition, of which the First Focus Campaign for Children is a member, submitted a letter to


The Welfare Reform and Upward Mobility Act is the Wrong Direction to Reduce Child Poverty

| August 11, 2017 |

The Welfare Reform and Upward Mobility Act, introduced in June by House Freedom Caucus Chair Rep. Mark Meadows, Freedom Caucus member Rep. Jim Jordan,


New Bill Aims to Cut Child Poverty Rate in Half in a Decade

| July 26, 2017 |

WASHINGTON–The Child Poverty Reduction Act (S.1630 / H.R.3381) was reintroduced today by US Sens. Bob Casey (PA), Tammy Baldwin (WI), and Sherrod Brown (OH)


Child Poverty Reduction Act of 2017

| July 25, 2017 |

Child poverty in the U.S. remains high, with nearly 1 in 5 children living below the poverty line in 2015. Children continue to disproportionately experience


First Focus, Rep. Ellison Host Matthew Desmond to Discuss Kids & Families Facing Eviction

| July 19, 2017 |

WASHINGTON–In a briefing on Capitol Hill today sponsored by First Focus and honorary co-host Rep. Keith Ellison (MN-5), Pulitzer Prize-winning sociologist Matthew Desmond and


Policy Recommendations for Children and Families Facing Eviction

| July 18, 2017 |

Each year, millions of American families are evicted from their homes. Families with children are evicted at much higher rates, and children who experience


Foster Youth Going Places

| June 19, 2017 |

By Kristen Torres Learning to drive is a rite of passage to young adulthood for millions of youth. It brings new levels of independence


Letter of Support for Raise the Wage Act

| June 8, 2017 |

The First Focus Campaign for Children sent a letter of support today to the lead Congressional sponsors of the Raise the Wage Act (S.1242 /


First Focus Campaign for Children Sends Letter Supporting Anti-Lunch Shaming Act

| May 15, 2017 |

On May 15, 2017, First Focus Campaign for Children sent a letter to the lead Congressional sponsors of S. 1064/H.R. 2401, the Anti-Lunch Shaming


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