More Families Used Child Tax Credit for Back-to-School Costs

K-12 Dive | Naaz Modan

“Even prior to the pandemic, 16%, or 11.6 million, of children under 18 belonged to families living in poverty, according to national data from 2019. While that’s a decrease from 2010, when that percentage was at 21%, approximately 74.7 million people, largely in low-wage jobs, have lost work since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Human Rights Watch. ”

The expanded child tax credit program has offered families much-needed relief through the uncertainty of COVID-19. In analysis from K-12 Dive, Naaz Modan reviews how families used that financial support to cover school readiness needs, in addition to food, utility costs, housing, and other expenses the program was designed to alleviate.

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