The resources listed below provide are designed to help guide local, state, and national, policy discussions and best practices of child poverty reduction in the United States.
A Snapshot of children living in poverty: 2016
Data from 2016 released this month indicated positive news for children, with the national child poverty rate dropping from 19.7 percent in 2015 to 18 percent in 2016, resulting in 1.3 million less children living in poverty. (The official poverty line for a family of four with two children is $24,339).
Yet we know we can do better. Children experience poverty at a rate that is 62.5 percent higher than adults. They make up 23 percent of the U.S. population, but account for 33 percent of the population living in poverty. But these numbers don’t tell the whole story.
LETTER TO CONGRESS: NEW CENSUS POVERTY DATA
On September 12, 2017 the U.S. Child Poverty Coalition submitted a letter to Congress highlighting new child poverty data from the U.S. Census Bureau.
The data found that 8.2% of children are living in extreme poverty – that's more than 6 million children. While some of the rates have declined since the prior year, CPAG highlights the need for critical programs that will continue to lift children and families out of poverty
TOOLKIT: CHILD POVERTY COALITION
Despite known, proven solutions for child poverty, children continue to disproportionately experience poverty in the U.S. As part of our campaign to cut child poverty in half within a decade, members of the U.S. Child Poverty Action Group created a messaging narrative and corresponding action toolkit as a resource for advocates working to reduce child poverty on the federal, state and local levels. This narrative emphasizes that everyone- regardless of socioeconomic status–benefits from strategies that lift children out of poverty, and that solutions to child poverty are tied to economic gains that result in a strong and educated workforce. It cites extensive data showing the strong return on investment for our economy when we reduce child poverty.
The corresponding action toolkit includes:
- a core message narrative
- sample blog posts
- sample tweets and Facebook posts
SUBMITTED FOR COMMENT: National prevention Science Coalition input on National Academy of Sciences information Gathering session on child poverty
The National Science Prevention Coalition, a member of CPAG, has submitted comments for the National Academy of Sciences information gathering session on child poverty. Using their expertise in evidence-based approached, they have offered their comments on how to approach setting an agenda for cutting the child poverty rate in half in the most effective way possible.
Read comments from NSPC.
SUBMITTED FOR COMMENT: Save the Children ACTION NETWORK input on National Academy of Sciences information Gathering session on child poverty
Save the Children Action Network, a member of the Child Poverty Action Group, has submitted comments for the National Academy of Sciences information gathering session on child poverty. The Academy's goal to build an agenda that cuts child poverty in half in ten years supports CPAG's efforts to establish a child poverty target.
Read comments from SCAN President Mark Shriver.
SUBMITTED FOR COMMENT: First Focus input on National Academy of Sciences Information Gathering Session on Child Poverty
In preparation for the National Academy of Sciences information gathering session on their child poverty study, “Building an Agenda to Reduce the Number of Children in Poverty by Half in 10 Years,” First Focus submitted commentary on the state of child poverty in the United States.
First Focus lobbied Congress to fund this study in the 2016 omnibus and supported the efforts of Congresswoman Lee and Congresswoman Roybal-Allard in championing this study.
WHITE PAPER: Family Tax policy
On March 14, 2017 the U.S. Child Poverty Action Group released Family Tax Policy: A Path Forward to Lifting Children out of Poverty.
The 30-page report offers lawmakers a blueprint for using tax reform to improve the standard of living for children in the United States.
At a time when nearly half the nation’s children – and more than three in five children of color – live in poor or low-income households, the paper is both a stirring call to action and a roadmap to help Congress use tax reform to address this problem, which stifles America’s growth and prosperity.
Fact SHeets: Basic facts about low-income children
Among all children under 18 years in the U.S., 43 percent live in low-income families and 21 percent—approximately one in five—lives in a poor family. This means that children are overrepresented among our nation’s poor; they represent 23 percent of the population but comprise 33 percent of all people in poverty.
The National Center for Children in Poverty, located within the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, released five fact sheets detailing basic facts about low-income children
LETTER: RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE NEW PRESIDENTIAL ADMINISTRATION TO SET CHILD POVERTY TARGET IN 2017
Members of the Child Poverty Action Group outline key policy solutions that support families and children to lift them out of poverty.
This letter was submitted to President-elect Donald Trump's transition team in December 2016.
Presentation: Child poverty Action Group UK
Alison Garham from CPAG UK gave a presentation around the current state of child advocacy efforts to end child poverty in the UK, legacy of the Child Poverty Target, and what the United States can learn from their success.
FaCT SHEET: 2015 Data for CHILDREN in poverty
On 2015 saw some positive news for children, with the national child poverty rate dropping from 21.1 percent in 2014 to 19.7 percent in 2015, resulting in 1 million less children living in poverty. (The official poverty line for a family of four with two children in $24,036).
Yet we know we can do better. Children are still 69 percent more likely to live in poverty than adults. They make up 23.1 percent of the U.S. population, but account for 33.6 percent of the population living in poverty.
Cara Baldari from First Focus, a member of the Child Poverty Action Group, breaks down the numbers and what it means for kids going forward.
REport: A look back at the Uk child poverty target
Released with the Centre for Economic & Social InclusionUS and authored by Natalie Branosky and Jane Mansour, this report is a 14-year retrospective on the UK’s Child Poverty Target, which builds on a UK study visit and comparative studies carried out by First Focus over the past five years.
With a new legislative agenda for 2015, Congress has a fresh opportunity to address child poverty and inequality through cooperative, bipartisan means. The UK’s Child Poverty Target is an example of a long-term policy goal, from a country that is an excellent international comparator for the United States given similarities in poverty levels, parliamentary process, policy development, and overall economic performance.
Analysis: Speaker Ryan's POverty Agenda
On June 7, 2016, Speaker Paul Ryan released A Better Way: Our Vision for a Confident America, an agenda to address poverty in America put together by House Republicans’ Task Force on Poverty, Opportunity and Upward Mobility.
While First Focus welcomes the release of a plan as part of the national discourse on the root causes of poverty in the U.S., we are disappointed that much of the report is misleading in its analysis of the effect that safety net programs have on reducing poverty for children, as well as falling short to put forth a strategy focused on children.
fact Sheet: Black Children matter
We have a long way to go in dismantling the legacy of racism. Nowhere is that more evident than in the recent poverty statistics for African American children, which show that, at 37 percent, black childhood poverty remains among the highest of any group.
Black Children Matter: Targeting policies to reduce poverty among African American children and children of color outlines key child poverty statistics, the impact of concentrated poverty, profiles of high poverty communities, and policy solutions.