A federal program that lifted many children out of poverty expired. California can help

Despite the economic upheaval Americans experienced throughout the pandemic, we made impressive progress in reducing child poverty. Those gains are at risk, however, if we don’t take action soon.

Over the past six months, U.S. child poverty dropped by half due to an expanded federal child tax credit. The credit puts money directly in the pockets of struggling families, helping them ride out the financial uncertainty affecting millions of households.