The official child poverty rate is about the same today as in 1967.
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An alternative approach to measuring poverty detected a decline in 2021, amid a surge in government support for low-income families.
Keeping families that are enduring hard times together is hard but usually benefits children.
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Despite a series of federal measures requiring greater efforts to preserve family unity, many policies make life harder for people swept up in the system.
Family stability can benefit a whole household.
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When states reduce barriers for low-income children to get coverage, their mothers are more likely to be married and less likely to smoke.
Caring for a newborn can be joyous.
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This important benefit does more than just help parents in terms of dollars and cents.
About 30 million students eat school lunches daily.
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A food policy expert explains how school lunches changed during the COVID-19 pandemic and what’s wrong with going back to the normal system now.
Millions of low-income Americans have gained health insurance through the Affordable Care Act.
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Social scientists determined that body mass index growth declined for children of low-income parents in states that had expanded their Medicaid programs.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi strongly supported the 2021 expansion of the child tax credit.
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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.
Some tools of the trade for sex workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Government support programs like CERB and EI provide a safety net. During COVID-19, sex workers accessed various financial support — future policy needs to address the rights and security of sex workers.
Buying enough groceries with government benefits is getting easier.
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Long-term increases like this are unusual. So is the fact that this increased governmental generosity began with a measure approved by Congress when Republicans held majorities in both chambers.
About 1 in 9 Americans live below the poverty level.
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The latest figures offer new evidence that a K-shaped recovery is following the coronavirus recession – which hit the lowest-paid workers the hardest.
Food insecurity appears to have grown in 2020 despite the decline in poverty.
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Early estimates US poverty rate estimates indicate that policies intended to soften the blow of economic upheaval made a big difference.
Starting in October 2021, SNAP benefits will be 25% higher than before the pandemic due to a lasting policy change.
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An economist explains what it would cost to give SNAP benefits to all Americans in households earning up to about $100,000 per year – and why it would be worth it.
Tens of millions of American families are getting a monthly allowance from Uncle Sam.
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Experts explain the significance of this new ‘allowance.’
Raising children strains most household budgets.
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Starting in July 2021, most US families will get monthly payments from the IRS of either $250 or $300 per child under 18.
Most U.S. parents who take time off work to tend to newborns currently use unpaid leave.
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Polls have consistently found robust support for this benefit, with a growing share of the public approving of paid time off for dads.
Making ends meet when you have a newborn is easier with paid family leave.
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If the plan is fully phased in as proposed, workers could get up to $4,000 a month for a total of 12 weeks in paid leave to care for a newborn, another loved one or themselves within 10 years.
Keeping kids above the poverty line contributes to their stability in adulthood.
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Many studies conducted in recent years tie lower poverty rates for children to better health and higher pay when they grow up.
Nearly all U.S. families with children will benefit.
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For middle-class and wealthy families, securing government aid tends to be free of hassles. For low-income families, the process is often stigmatizing and the benefits meager.
High-quality day care has always been scarce in the U.S.
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This infusion of funds will help struggling child care providers and support parents who have to exit the workforce to care for their kids.
Some college students have no home to return to.
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Even when the economy is strong, these young adults face economic hardship.