End Child Poverty
In 2022, nearly 9 million children lived in poverty in the US, a figure that more than doubled from the previous year – and the largest one-year increase in child poverty on record. The Child Poverty Reduction Act of 2023 will commit to halve this statistic in the next 5 years.
Poverty, even for a short time, can have significant negative implications for children’s development and future success. Poverty means increased stress for parents and caretakers, reducing their mental and emotional bandwidth for their children as they struggle to try to make ends meet for their household.
The good news is that we know what works! When parents have the resources and supports, they need, we can alleviate parental stressors and help parents foster positive home environments where children can thrive. The Poverty Reduction Act will help to strengthen families and ensure children have opportunities to be successful.
It is critical that we act to regain the progress we made in reducing child poverty in 2021 and work to ensure that every child has the resources to thrive. Reach out to your members of Congress today to urge them to prioritze ending child povery in 5 years!