Many studies conducted in recent years tie lower poverty rates for children to better health and higher pay when they grow up.
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.
Despite evidence that cash payments can help improve well-being, they have limitations as well, according to a development economist.
This benefit, together with other features of the latest relief package, may greatly reduce child poverty.
Monthly payments to families with children could lift millions of US children out of poverty.