Tell Congress to increase the Child Tax Credit, make it fully refundable, and provide monthly payments.
The enhanced Child Tax Credit introduced by the American Rescue Plan Act cut child poverty dramatically last year—nearly in half—according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Calculated by the Supplemental Poverty Measure, the 2021 child poverty rate of 5.2 percent was the lowest ever recorded.
Enhancements included raising the maximum from $2,000 to $3,000, with an additional $600 for children under age 6, and making the full credit available for children from families with little or no earnings.
But at the end of last year, Congress allowed the changes to lapse. So once again, child poverty is rising. Urge your senators and representative to restore the enhanced Child Tax Credit immediately!