Advance Child Tax Credit Supported Families Experiencing Economic Shocks

The 2021 American Rescue Plan Act significantly expanded the federal Child Tax Credit by increasing the credit amount, making it available to families with no or little income, and disbursing […]

Risk and Protective Factors Associated with Prevalence of VLFS in Children among Children of Foreign-Born Mothers

Abstract: This research examined VLFS in children among households with foreign-born (FB) mothers compared to US-born mothers through three research questions: Is mother’s foreign-born status (FBS) associated with VLFS in […]


Nourishing Futures: Strengthening Child Health Through SNAP

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) constitutes our nation’s first line of defense against hunger and food insecurity – major drivers of ill health throughout the lifespan. SNAP supports the […]

A Historical Retrospective of Food Insecurity and Hunger Since the 1960’s

Published in September 2022, Children’s HealthWatch and Project Bread’s new historical retrospectives examine the history of food insecurity and hunger since the 1960’s. This first brief describes how unemployment rates and income instability and resulting rates of poverty and food insecurity in the US have evolved over time. The second brief describes how shifts in federal investments from the public food assistance system to the private food assistance system were used to justify cuts to Federal Nutrition Programs that adversely impacted rates of food insecurity. Both briefs provide information to re-ignite and energize conversations toward identifying solutions to address food insecurity so that all children and adults in the Commonwealth have enough food to thrive.

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ʻI didn’t have to worryʼ – How the Child Tax Credit Helped Families Catch Up on Rent and Improved Health

In July 2021, nearly 60 million children in 35 million families across the United States started receiving crucial financial relief through monthly payments from the advance Child Tax Credit (CTC). […]


The Child Tax Credit Benefits Whole Families: Preliminary data show improved food security and parental health

Summary of Findings New preliminary data from Children’s HealthWatch highlight linkages between Child Tax Credit (CTC) receipt and food security as well as excellent or good parental health status among […]


Food insufficiency in families with children increased after expiration of Child Tax Credit monthly payments

Summary Advance Child Tax Credit payments that distributed monthly cash payments for children were associated with a 26% reduction in food insufficiency in households with children. After the advance CTC […]


A Bulwark Against the Storm: The unequal impact of COVID relief policies on families with young children

Filling the Housing Opportunity Gap

The Need is Significant. Housing instability affects the health and well-being of children and families. When families fall behind on rent, are forced to move multiple times, and/or experience homelessness, […]