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  Still Watching for Weasels

Sojourner Truth was a brilliant and formidable enslaved woman and abolitionist, a great orator, and a powerful presence who possessed unbelievable courage and perseverance in […]

  The Child Tax Credit: Here to Help

For millions of American families struggling to make ends meet, help is on the way. The Child Tax Credit (CTC) was created in 1997 to […]

  What You Need to Know About Rental Assistance: A Brief Background on the Basics

Federal rental assistance is a set of several programs—mostly administered through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Agriculture with support from tax credits— that help families with little or no income cover their housing costs. These programs help in many different ways, but the basic concept is that families with low incomes contribute a certain, sustainable amount of their income to their monthly rent payments and the government covers the rest. In total, these programs help more than 9 million people in 4.6 million households, more than a third of which were households with children.

  Cries from the Other America

President Biden has just signed the bill making Juneteenth National Independence Day a federal holiday. Juneteenth, which is observed on June 19, marks the date […]

  What You Need to Know About TANF: A Brief Background on the Basics

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is a federal block grant program for states, tribes, and territories designed to help families with a variety of services. States receive the block grant funding and use it to administer programs that provide cash assistance, child care, work supports and activities, child welfare, and more. States also use the funding to help families with children experiencing poverty pay for groceries, rent, diapers, clothing, and other basic necessities. In Fiscal Year 2020, which spans from October 2019 – September 2020, more than 1 million families—including more than 2 million children—received TANF assistance.

  Children’s Defense Fund receives $20 Million From MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett

Advocacy for America’s children just received a boost in the form of a $20 million investment in the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) from MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett. The unrestricted gift is the largest single contribution in CDF’s history.

  Connecting Through Children’s Books

“When we think about what it is to be connected, we think about memory. We think about history. We think about storytelling. All of these […]

  To Reach Every Child, the Child Tax Credit Eligibility Requirements Must Be Changed

To ensure that no child is excluded from the CTC because of their family structure, frequency of moving, or their involvement in other systems, Congress must make critical changes to the definition of “qualifying child” for the purpose of the CTC. To expand eligibility, the CTC should be accessible to all children regardless of their relationship to their caregiver and the bene t should continue to support children and their families as their living arrangements change.

  CDF Urges Congress to Pass a Robust Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR) Bill and Ensure Equitable Access to Meals

Children and families need ongoing support and access to healthy, nutritious meals during the pandemic and beyond. We cannot revert back to strict, outdated, and inflexible standards that leave millions of children—disproportionately Black, Latinx, and Indigenous children—behind and vulnerable to hunger. To truly build back better and advance racial equity, we must fully and finally eliminate barriers to healthy food and success for all children. Congress can—and must—begin right now and advance a bold CNR bill.

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