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.


Statement: Senate must deliver “undiluted” Child Tax Credit

| February 1, 2024 |

Lawmakers must ask “Is this good for children?” In response to the House passage of the expanded Child Tax Credit, Bruce Lesley, President of

Statement: Child Tax Credit “important step forward”

| January 16, 2024 |

In response to this morning’s announcement of a bipartisan deal to improve the Child Tax Credit, First Focus Campaign for Children President Bruce Lesley released the

Testimony: House Ways & Means Hearing on Measuring the Poverty Line

| October 24, 2023 |

Today, First Focus Campaign for Children submitted the following testimony to the Work & Welfare Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee hearing

New bill would halve child poverty in five years

| September 27, 2023 |

“Child poverty is a choice,” advocate says The recently introduced Child Poverty Reduction Act of 2023 creates a national commitment to cutting child poverty in half

Joint Letter: Extreme factions in Congress will cause undue harm to children

| September 25, 2023 |

Today, First Focus Campaign for Children, Children’s Defense Fund, American Federation of Teachers, Children’s HealthWatch, Child Welfare League of America, National Diaper Bank Network,

Fact Sheet: The Need for Baby Bonds in The United States

| June 5, 2023 |

Long-standing systemic and institutional racism and its continued effect on government policy have created unacceptable outcomes across the spectrum of child well-being for children

Letter: White House must protect the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program in debt ceiling talks

| May 19, 2023 |

Today, First Focus Campaign for Children sent a letter to President Biden and Vice President Harris urging them to protect the Temporary Assistance for

Letter: Congress must protect the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program in debt ceiling talks

| May 19, 2023 |

Today, First Focus Campaign for Children sent a letter to House Speaker McCarthy, House Minority Leader Jeffries, Senate Majority Leader Schumer, and Senate Minority

Letter: Exclude Medicaid work requirements from debt ceiling and federal budget negotiations

| May 19, 2023 |

First Focus Campaign for Children has joined other leading organizations on a letter to Majority Leader Schumer, Minority Leader McConnell, Speaker McCarthy, and Minority

Letter: American Family Act is key to children’s well-being

| May 18, 2023 |

Focus Campaign for Children has sent a letter to Representatives Rosa DeLauro, Suzan DelBene and Ritchie Torres expressing our strong support for their American