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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 families with young children. Despite these positive signs, there were notable disparities in which families received the CTC – likely as result of structural racism […]

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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 expired in February, there was a 12% increase in food insufficiency in households with children. Conclusions The pandemic and inflation continue to cause economic hardship, […]

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

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Closing the Housing Opportunity Gap

Investing in Housing Vouchers Improves Neighborhoods and Health Every parent strives to ensure their child grows up in a stable home where they can reach their fullest potential. Decades of research shows that when children – particularly young children – have access to high-quality, affordable homes and in neighborhoods with economic opportunities, green space, good […]

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Eviction: A Preventable Cause of Adverse Child and Family Health

Research consistently shows that children and their families need access to safe, stable, and affordable homes throughout their lifetimes in order to thrive. However, rising housing costs coupled with stagnant wages and disinvestment in affordable housing has resulted in extreme housing cost burdens and housing instability for millions of families across the United States. Due […]

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A First Look at Preliminary Children’s HealthWatch COVID-19 Survey Data

High Levels of Household Food Insecurity Persist among Families in Boston, Massachusetts during the COVID-19 Pandemic Key Takeaways In Metro Boston, rates of household food insecurity have persisted at high levels among Children’s HealthWatch families. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, preliminary data show 38.5 percent of families with very young children were food insecure. Federal, state, […]

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Moving Toward a More Equitable and Just Society: A New “What If Project” System Simulation Policy Brief

For 22 years, we have sought to understand what children need to reach their fullest potential. This search has led us to embark on a bold thought experiment and ask: What if the structural inequities that drive racial/ethnic disparities in education attainment in the United States were eliminated? We share our attempt to answer that […]

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The Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit: Building on Success for Healthy Families

Key Takeaways The EITC and CTC are two successful federal tax credits for workers with low and moderate incomes that boost family financial resources and lift families out of poverty. Research shows that expansions of these working-family tax credits directed towards families with the lowest incomes would effectively lift children out of poverty, improve the […]

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Access to High-Quality, Affordable Child Care: Strategies to Improve Health Across Boston and the Commonwealth

Access to High-Quality, Affordable Child Care: Strategies to Improve Health Across Boston and the Commonwealth Summary of Findings Cost, location, hours, and/or availability of high-quality child care may restrict parent’s ability to work and/or further their education, a condition referred to as “child care constraints”. Children’s HealthWatch research found that parents and children in families […]