Congress should do more than just expand the Child Tax Credit. In the tax bill the Senate will vote on as soon as today, it should include an amendment from Senator Susan Collins of Maine to expand and enhance the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit (CDCTC), which was created specifically to help more families afford quality care.
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One of the sticking points among Republicans debating their tax bill is whether to make an expanded child tax credit refundable. The decision could greatly impact whether the change helps lower and middle income families.
Right now, Congress is debating tax reform. This is a rare opportunity to provide equal opportunity for all kids.
High-quality child care helps provide all kids – especially those living in poverty – with a shot at future success.
As a parent, I know that the early years of a child’s life present a critical window for ensuring future achievement. But that window closes quickly, and children who enter kindergarten less prepared than their peers are more likely to experience academic difficulties and other challenges later in life.
In nearly half the states across the country, including here in Nevada, child care is more expensive than in-state college tuition, meaning high-quality care is out of reach for many families. That’s especially the case for those living in poverty.
There have been remarkable expansions in early childhood education in the U.S. in recent years, but young kids need a real lobbying force to rival the top influence groups, argues Mark Shriver, president of the Save the Children Action Network.
Senator Marco Rubio is absolutely right: Having children is expensive and we must do more to help families, especially those living in poverty, provide their children with a strong start in life.
Kids don’t vote and they don’t donate to political campaigns. This means they often don’t have a seat at the table and the needs of those living in poverty can easily be overlooked during national debates.
According to data released in September by the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 13.2 million children were living in poverty in 2016. That means, in the world’s most developed nation, one out of every three people living in poverty is a child.