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


Implementing A Roadmap to Reducing Child Poverty

| June 11, 2019 |

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) recently released a landmark study, A Roadmap to Reducing Child Poverty, which confirms that child poverty is


Letter: Our Support for the End Diaper Need Act of 2019

| June 4, 2019 |

Excerpt:  Dear Senator Duckworth and Senator Casey:  On behalf of national, state, and local organizations, we are writing to thank you for your leadership


Statement: The American Family Act of 2019

| March 6, 2019 |

On March 6, 2019, lawmakers introduced the American Family Act of 2019–our statement below: “I applaud the leadership of Congresswoman DeLauro and Congresswoman DelBene,


Letter: Our Support for the FAMILY Act

| February 12, 2019 |

Paid family leave promotes healthy child development and promotes family economic security. It gives parents a chance to adequately care for their newborns or


HUD Homeless Data Don’t Add Up: Children and Youth Pay the Price

| December 17, 2018 |

Public Schools Report Highest Number of Homeless Students on Record, While HUD Claims Reduction in Family and Youth Homelessness Washington, DC – Data released today


First Focus Campaign for Children Releases Proactive Kids Agenda

| December 13, 2018 |

Blueprint Shows How 116th Congress Can Act on the Best Interests of Children


The Proactive Kids Agenda for the 116th Congress

| December 13, 2018 |

Any policies that affect children should base their foundations on the best interests of the child.


Statement for the Record: Examining the Importance of Paid Family Leave for American Working Families

| July 25, 2018 |

First Focus Campaign for Children submitted this Statement for the Record to U.S. Senate Committee on Finance Subcommittee on Social Security, Pensions, and Family


Champions for Children 2017

| July 19, 2018 |

Our nation’s children face an array of problems, including poverty, violence, abuse, neglect, hunger, poor nutrition, education inequity, homelessness, lack of health coverage, infant and


Members of Congress Who Advanced Children’s Issues Recognized by First Focus Campaign for Children

| July 19, 2018 |

July 19, 2018, Washington, D.C.—In a year marked by partisanship, several Members of Congress stood out as Champions and Defenders of children, according to