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Enhancing the Child Tax Credit Would Substantially Lessen the Depth of Child Poverty Across States

cursor icon Interactive This interactive illustrates by how much the Child Tax Credit would lessen the depth of poverty in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

by Rachel West, Melissa Boteach, Rebecca Vallas, Andrew Lomax | Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Harnessing the Child Tax Credit as a Tool to Invest in the Next Generation

Kids doing homework book_alt2 icon Report By investing in children from birth, we can help mitigate the middle-class squeeze for families with children, cut child poverty, and boost our nation’s economic health in the long term.

by Rachel West, Melissa Boteach, Rebecca Vallas | Wednesday, August 12, 2015

All Pennsylvanians Will Benefit from a Clean Slate Policy for Minor Criminal Records

PA state capitol article icon Fact Sheet A new proposal in Pennsylvania will reduce barriers to employment, housing, education, and much more.

| Monday, June 22, 2015

3 Facts You Need to Know About the Obama Administration’s Proposed Child Support Rules

A child dances on father's feetCongress should quit playing politics with rules that are a win-win-win for children, parents, and state governments.

by Melissa Boteach and Rebecca Vallas | Thursday, June 18, 2015

Social Security Disability Insurance: A Bedrock of Security for American Workers

playground article icon Issue Brief Social Security Disability Insurance provides vital protection to nearly all American workers and their families in case of life-changing disability or illness.

by Rebecca Vallas and Shawn Fremstad | Tuesday, June 16, 2015

How the Child and Adult Care Food Program Improves Early Childhood Education

preschool lunch book_alt2 icon Report Giving child care programs the ability to provide children three healthy meals per day through a reformed and expanded CACFP program would go a long way toward supporting children’s growth and development.

by Christine Binder, Joel Berg, Maryam Adamu, Katie Hamm | Thursday, June 11, 2015

Urban Progress: Lessons from CAP’s Roundtable on Expanding Opportunity in America’s Urban Areas

A western view of the skyline of the city of Detroit.A recent CAP roundtable discussion highlighted the need for investments in and further conversations about urban areas and low-income communities.

by Tracey Ross | Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Social Cohesion: The Secret Weapon in the Fight for Equitable Climate Resilience

senior cooling center book_alt2 icon Report Fostering community cohesion in low-income, climate-vulnerable areas is an overlooked strategy for climate resilience before, during, and after extreme weather events.

by Danielle Baussan | Monday, May 11, 2015

The Murray-Scott Minimum-Wage Bill: A Win-Win for Working Families and Taxpayers

Sen. MurrayIn addition to giving working families a long-overdue raise, the new bill will save taxpayers an estimated $5.3 billion per year on SNAP when fully implemented.

by Rachel West | Thursday, April 30, 2015

Top 5 Reasons Why TANF Is Not a Model for Other Income Assistance Programs

playgroundInstead of weakening vital programs for struggling families by modeling them after the waning TANF program, policymakers should focus on strengthening our nation’s safety net—including TANF.

by Rebecca Vallas and Melissa Boteach | Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Cutting Social Security Disability Insurance Won’t Help Anyone Go Back to Work

disabled workerProposed cuts to Social Security Disability Insurance for beneficiaries who try to return to work and lose a job through no fault of their own are a step in the wrong direction.

by Rebecca Vallas | Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Proposed Congressional Cuts to Nutrition Assistance Would Cost Jobs

EBT Card StoreHouse Republicans are proposing a massive tax giveaway to millionaire estates while cutting nutrition assistance that would cost the economy hundreds of thousands of jobs.

by Melissa Boteach | Monday, April 13, 2015

How Congress Is Supporting Inequality in Its FY 2016 Budget Proposals

capitol domeSome congressional leaders are still advancing policies that threaten to exclude low-income families and people of color from the social safety net.

by Jamal Hagler | Monday, March 30, 2015

Expanding Opportunities in America’s Urban Areas

San Francisco skyline sunset article icon Issue Brief To ensure that more people benefit from the opportunities cities create, the Center for American Progress has compiled key policy proposals that address the challenges faced by distressed urban areas.

by the Poverty to Prosperity Program and the CAP Economic Policy Team | Monday, March 23, 2015

Testing Congressional Republicans’ Sincerity About Tackling Inequality

husband and wifeHouse and Senate budgets will be a test of how serious majority leaders are about boosting opportunity and expanding the middle class.

by Melissa Boteach, Rebecca Vallas, Anna Chu | Thursday, March 12, 2015