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APril 2018

Child poverty remains high in the U.S., with nearly 1 in 5 children living in households below the poverty line. 

Children experience poverty at a rate that is 62 percent higher than adults. Poverty is a particularly serious problem for children, who suffer negative effects for the rest of their lives after living in poverty for even a short time.

The U.S. Child Poverty Action Group, a coalition of child-focused organizations dedicated to reducing child poverty in the U.S., remains very concerned by recent proposals, including the recent Executive Order, to weaken public assistance programs by imposing cuts, employment documentation requirements, irrational time limits, and other unnecessary government bureaucratic barriers.

Counter to the proposed harmful initiatives that would increase child poverty, members of the U.S. Child Poverty Action Group drafted Our Kids, Our Future: Solutions to Child Poverty in the U.S., a compendium of more than 20 papers that provide recommendations to significantly reduce child poverty and improve child well-being.

In addition to the full version, this compendium has been split into their individual essays for your convenience. 

FOREWORD

Cara Baldari, First Focus

CREATING THE POLITICAL WILL TO REDUCE CHILD POVERTY

Cara Baldari, First Focus

A CHILD ALLOWANCE: THE BIG ANTIPOVERTY IMPACTS OF SMALL AMOUNTS OF CASH

Andrew Stettner, The Century Foundation

HELPING WORKING FAMILIES BUILD WEALTH AT TAX TIME

Joanna Ain, Chad Bolt, and David Newville, Prosperity Now

CHILDREN LIVING IN POVERTY NEED TANF REFORM

Kelsie Landers and Andrew Hammond, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

A CHILD FOCUSED APPROACH TO TANF REFORM

John Sciamanna, Child Welfare League of America

SAFETY NET IMPROVEMENTS THAT CAN HELP KEEP FAMILIES TOGETHER

Megan Martin and Shadi Houshyar, Center for the Study of Social Policy

ADDRESSING HOUSING INSTABILITY FOR FAMILIES IN THE UNITED STATES: NOT JUST AN ISSUE OF AFFORDABILITY

Cara Baldari, First Focus

CHILD AND YOUTH HOMELESSNESS IN THE UNITED STATES REQUIRES A HOLISTIC SOLUTION

Cara Baldari, First Focus

RECOMMENDATIONS TO STRENGTHEN SNAP AND WIC

Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign

RECOMMENDATIONS TO STRENGTHEN CHILD NUTRITION PROGRAMS TO END CHILDHOOD HUNGER

Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign

REDUCING POVERTY FOR CHILDREN OF IMMIGRANTS

Kristen Torres, First Focus

The Promise of Preventing Poverty’s Adverse Effects on Child Development

Diana H. Fishbein, PhD, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, and Program for Translational Research on Adversity and Neurodevelopment, The Pennsylvania State University, and National Prevention Science Coalition to Improve Lives

Ron Prinz, PhD, Parenting & Family Research Center (Department of Psychology), University of South Carolina and National Prevention Science Coalition to Improve Lives

SUPPORTING AMERICA’S LOW-INCOME WORKING FAMILIES THROUGH UNIVERSAL PAID FAMILY LEAVE

Renée Wilson-Simmons, Suma Setty, and Tiffany Thomas Smith, National Center for Children in Poverty

POOR WOMEN = POOR CHILDREN

Wendy Pollack, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

COLLECTIVE PROSPERITY: TO SUPPORT CHILDREN, INVEST IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATORS

Lauren Hogan and Lucy Recio, National Association for the Education of Young Children

THE POLITICAL VOICE FOR KIDS

Mark Shriver, Save the Children Action Network

COUNTIES CARE: COUNTY SERVICE SHARING FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT

Jonathan Harris, Andrew Hartsig and Emilia Istrate, National Association of Counties

HELPING NEW YORKERS SAVE FOR COLLEGE TO ULTIMATELY ESCAPE POVERTY

Stephanie Gendell, Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York

MAKING EDUCATION WORK FOR THE POOR: THE POTENTIAL OF CHILDREN’S SAVINGS ACCOUNTS

William Elliott, Melinda Lewis and Elizabeth Burland, Center on Assets, Education, and Inclusion, University of Michigan School of Social Work

WHEN POVERTY COMES TO SCHOOL

American Federation of Teachers

OPIOIDS, POVERTY, AND THE CHILD WELFARE SYSTEM

Rricha Mathur and Kristen Torres, First Focus

INSURING OUR NATION’S CHILDREN IS KEY TO FIGHTING POVERTY

Andrea Kovach and Kate Maley, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

MEETING THE NEEDS OF LOW-INCOME CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL HEALTHCARE NEEDS

Morna Murray, First Focus

WHAT TO DO TO IMPROVE CHILDREN’S PUBLIC HEALTH COVERAGE

Carrie Fitzgerald, First Focus