,

‘Worrisome’ data link eviction to poor health in children

Eviction was associated with increased odds of poor health in children and their parents, according to a study published in Pediatrics. Co-author Dr. Stephanie Ettinger de Cuba, PhD, MPH, Executive Director of Children’s HealthWatch and an assistant research professor at Boston University, told Healio that the project began with an interest in how evictions affected “very […]

,

New study shows families with children at higher risk for eviction

A new study released by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) shows families with children facing or experiencing eviction have poorer health than those who do not. Following the COVID-19 pandemic in which the labor force was disrupted, leaving working families struggling to retain jobs and make ends meet, today’s economic climate now includes high […]

, ,

Allison Bovell-Ammon Interviewed By WNHN Radio

On August 10th Allison Bovell-Ammon, Director of Policy Strategy at Children’s HealthWatch, and Shailly Gupta Barnes, Policy Director of the Kairos Center and the Poor People’s Campaign, were interviewed by Attitude with Arnie Arnesen in the WNHN Radio.  They discuss the inequality of wealth in the US. Despite proven effective strategies of helping poorer US […]

,

A checklist on the Biden presidency: His legislative wins and losses

Originally posted on CBC News. Biden campaigned on more generous family policy — paid parental leave, which, unlike other industrialized countries, the U.S. lacks; universal pre-kindergarten; and a child-tax credit similar to Canada’s. Manchin had it chopped from the budget bill. He initially supported more spending but balked at the cost as negotiations wore on. It was a […]

,

Bring Back the Child Tax Credit

Originally posted on The Progressive News. The data is clear: monthly payments drastically reduced childhood poverty when they were in place. Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and increased inflation, 15% of households with children reported food insufficiency in March and April of this year. Food insufficiency — defined as when individuals sometimes or often do not have enough […]

, ,

Families struggling without child tax credit

Originally posted on WTVR CBS 6. There’s been a 12% increase in food insecurity since child tax credit payments ended.

,

Food insecurity rises as families lose child tax credit payments, data shows

Originally posted on WSLS 10 News. Children’s HealthWatch also found disparities in who received the money, which came to about $300 a month per child. Food insufficiency among U.S. families with children increased by 12 percent in February after child tax credit payments under a federal Covid-19 relief plan expired, according to new data from Children’s […]

, ,

White House Pushes to Get Child Tax Credit to Low-Income Households

Originally posted on The National Interest. In an effort to ensure that more low-income families that don’t file taxes can get their hands on the enhanced child tax credit (CTC), the Biden administration is once again directing them to an online portal where they can submit the necessary information to claim the payments. The free […]

, ,

Children’s advocates want universal free school lunches to continue

Originally posted on The Boston Herald. Advocates are calling on state lawmakers to extend free meals at schools, a program that came into place during the pandemic and is even more important now with food insecurity rates even higher than before COVID hit. “One of the hard lessons of the pandemic is that it showed […]

, ,

Mass. is flush with cash, so now what?

Originally posted on The Boston Globe. With record-setting billions in revenue, we should push to provide tax relief for working families Re “Bakers call for tax relief gets some traction in Senate” by Matt Stout (Page A1, May 5): Over the past two years, leadings in many states have increasingly made use of the Earned […]