First Focus Campaign for Children and over 200 organizations who advocate on behalf of children and families sent the following letter to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to express support for the American Rescue Plan’s improvements to the Child Tax Credit (CTC), the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), and the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit (CDCTC) and urging them to make these changes permanent.

Excerpt from the letter:

For more than half a century, we have failed to address child poverty in this country and make adequate investments in our children’s well-being. With the enactment of the ARP, we are righting our course. We thank you for your bold leadership to address child poverty and implement significant and transformational tax policy changes to benefit children and families who most need support. The moral crisis of child poverty existed long before COVID-19 and its resulting economic emergency. We now face a remarkable opportunity to prioritize lasting policy decisions that we know will result in near- and long-term positive outcomes for our children’s healthy development, leading to a brighter and more prosperous future for them, our communities, and our society as we build back better.

Read the full letter.