Poverty is the single biggest threat to kids.


One of the biggest challenges facing our nation today is the persistently high number of children living in poverty. Nearly 1 in 5 children are living in families with incomes below the poverty line. Children disproportionately experience poverty in the U.S., while only comprising 23.1 percent of the total population in the U.S., they make up 33.6 percent of the population living in poverty.

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. Yet children continue to be cast aside and there is no national strategy or dialogue to address child poverty.

We need a national commitment in the United States to cut the child poverty rate and reduce racial and ethnic disparities. One important example to look to is in the United Kingdom, which established a national child poverty target and then implemented a mixture of policies including investments for children, measures to make work pay, and efforts to increase financial support for families.

As a result, the British cut their child poverty rate in half within a decade (2000-2010). By contrast during this time, the U.S. child poverty rate increased by over 20 percent, from 16.2 percent in 2000 to 21.1 percent in 2014.



There is work to do.



To eliminate child poverty in the U.S.


To call on national, state and local entities to adopt the overarching goal of cutting child poverty by half in 10 years and developing strategies and policies to achieve that goal.


Develop and inspire a broad-based coalition of non-profit, child-focused organizations and individuals from the national, state and local level dedicated to setting the goal of cutting the child poverty rate in half within 10 years. We encourage partners to contribute policy development, lobbying efforts, grassroots engagement, and communications expertise to advance the goal of reducing child poverty in the U.S. by half in 10 years. We welcome other organizations who are dedicated to reducing child poverty and can contribute resources to the coalition to join our collective effort.

Allow CPAG partners and outside stakeholders the opportunity to sign-on and support individual materials and participate in calls to action. All stakeholders will be given the chance to opt-in, rather than opt-out, of any CPAG advocacy materials. Any advocacy materials that contain the CPAG insignia will list the individual members who have opted to sign on.

The coalition will develop and reinforce messaging strategies, narratives and communication plans to win public support that will encourage lawmakers to act on the recommendations of the coalition.

CPAG partners will serve as a resource for lawmakers, state and local advocates, the general public, and other interested stakeholders. CPAG members will engage in information sharing, policy education and direct advocacy.



A commitment to change.


CPAG coalition partners share a common goal: meaningfully reduce child poverty in the United States. Click on the links below to visit each respective partner's Web site and learn more about their work.



First Focus


First Focus is a nonpartisan advocacy organization dedicated to making children and families the priority in federal policy and budget decisions


Save the Children Action Nework


Save the Children Action Network is building political will to increase opportunity for children and ensure a better future for us all.

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The Century Foundation


The Century Foundation's Bernard L. Schwartz Rediscovering Government Initiative was founded in 2011 with one broad mission: countering the anti-government ideology that has grown to dominate political discourse in the past three decades.


Shriver Center

Chicago, IL

The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law provides national leadership in advancing laws and policies that secure justice to improve the lives and opportunities of people living in poverty. We specialize in practical solutions. We advocate for and serve clients directly, while also building the capacity of the nation’s legal aid providers to advance justice and opportunity for their clients.






Together, we are a powerful force and are making important gains for women, families, and our national economy. Together, we are winning.


American Federation of Teachers


The American Federation of Teachers is a union of professionals that champion fairness; democracy; economic opportunity; and high-quality public education, healthcare and public services for our students, their families and our communities




National Center for Children in Poverty


The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) is one of the nation’s leading public policy centers dedicated to promoting the economic security, health, and well-being of America’s low-income families and children.

NCCP uses research to inform policy and practice with the goal of ensuring positive outcomes for the next generation. We promote family-oriented solutions at the state and national levels.

The National Prevention Science Coalition to Improve Lives

Washington, DC

The National Prevention Science Coalition to Improve Lives (NPSC) is composed of scientists, educators, practitioners and clinicians, policy makers, foundation representatives, and affiliated organizations, housed at Pennsylvania State University.  We work across sectors to address challenges in mental and behavioral health, education, poverty, juvenile and criminal justice, adverse environmental influences and social conditions that contribute to chronic illness and social ills.



National WIC Association


Founded in 1983, the National WIC Association (NWA) represents 90 Geographic, Territorial, Indian and Native American State Agencies and more than 2,000 Local Agencies that together provide quality nutrition education, breastfeeding support, health care and other referral services to nearly 9 million at-risk women, infants and children through 10,000 WIC clinics nationwide.

Unidos US


We believe in fighting for our community and for an America where economic, political, and social advancement is a reality for all Latinos.


Center for Native American Youth


The Center for Native American Youth is dedicated to improving the health, safety and overall well-being of Native American youth through communication, policy development and advocacy.



Washington, DC

InclusionUS is a social enterprise organization that provides research and consultancy dedicated to economic growth and inclusion, and believes the economy demonstrates its true strength when all groups have the opportunity to participate.  

PICO National Network

oakland, ca

PICO is a national network of faith-based community organizations working to create innovative solutions to problems facing urban, suburban and rural communities.  PICO helps engage ordinary people in public life, building a strong legacy of leadership in thousands of local communities across America.


Child Welfare League of America


The Child Welfare League of America leads and engages its network of public and private agencies and partners to advance policies, best practices and collaborative strategies that result in better outcomes for children, youth and families that are vulnerable.


Prosperity Now


Prosperity Now (formerly CFED) believes that everyone deserves a chance to prosper. Since 1979, we have helped make it possible for millions of people, especially people of color and those of limited incomes, to achieve financial security, stability and, ultimately, prosperity. We offer a unique combination of scalable practical solutions, in-depth research and proven policy solutions, all aimed at building wealth for those who need it most.

Partnership for America's Children


The Partnership for America's Children is a network of nonpartisan child policy advocacy organizations that represent children and their needs at the local, state and national level within and across states. 

National Latino Children's Institute

Washington, DC

NLCI’s mission is to focus the nation’s attention on the contributions and challenges of young Latinos by advocating for their success and well being through partnerships and programs.



Washington, DC

No child should grow up hungry in America, but one in six children struggles with hunger. Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign is ending child hunger in America by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need, every day.

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National Diaper Bank Network

New Haven, CT

By focusing on diaper need, the National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN) works to meet the basic needs of all children and families living in the United States.

Our mission is to raise awareness of diaper need, strengthen community-based diaper banks, and generate donations of dollars and diapers, so that all babies remain clean, dry and healthy.