Young Asian mother feeding baby girl with bottle on sofa. Feeding expressing milk.

Children’s nutrition program, revved up in the pandemic, faces severe cuts

BY: - January 10, 2024

Some Republican lawmakers argue that because the extra federal money during the pandemic was meant to cover the emergency, spending on WIC should return to earlier levels.

Government benefits can reduce child poverty. DBenitostock/Moment via Getty Images

Casey, others introduce bill to cut child poverty rates in half over 5 years

BY: - September 26, 2023

The Child Poverty Reduction Act, and its companion legislation in the House, would create and implement an “accountability framework” to ensure the country reaches the five-year goal.

Child poverty dropped to a record low last year. A new report shows how to keep it that way

BY: - March 5, 2023

Sixteen out of 20 states that haven’t raised the minimum wage higher than the federal minimum of $7.25 have a child poverty rate above 12%.

Government benefits can reduce child poverty. DBenitostock/Moment via Getty Images

Child poverty estimates point to a record low in 2021 | Opinion

BY: - September 6, 2022

Here's how it could have been even lower.

Keeping families that are enduring hard times together is hard but usually benefits children. Westend61 via Getty Images

The U.S. child welfare system is falling short because of persistent child poverty | Opinion

BY: - July 22, 2022

Many child welfare policies actually make life harder for the parents and children swept up in the system.


Why won’t Congress just extend the child tax credit? | Opinion

BY: - January 21, 2022

Proponents of using the child tax credit to alleviate poverty need to reach an agreement with those who insist that it must encourage low-income parents to work.


We need education — not misinformation — on the child tax credit | Opinion

BY: - October 17, 2021

We can’t fix economic inequality with the wave of a wand. But the child tax credit and its potential permanence is a step in the right direction.


Poverty in 2021 looks different than in 1964. But the U.S. hasn’t changed how it measures who’s poor since LBJ began his war | Opinion

BY: - July 13, 2021

If the U.S. ever hopes to finally win the war LBJ began in 1964, the poor need to be seen in order for the government to lift them out of poverty.


How lifting children out of poverty today will help them tomorrow | Opinion

BY: - April 27, 2021

Many studies conducted in recent years show that lifting children from the burdens of poverty has the potential to improve their health and ability to get a good education.