Thanks to the American Rescue Plan, the Child Tax Credit has been expanded for 2021. The credit was increased from $2,000 per child to $3,000 for each child ages 6 to 17 and to $3,600 for each child under age 6; it was made refundable so that even the poorest families can claim it, and half of it can be paid out monthly starting in July. Experts estimate the new Child Tax Credit will cut child poverty by multiples of the historic record. Experts have also estimated that the Child Tax Credit will be the main driver in predictions that the American Rescue Plan could cut child poverty by as much as half.
But we need YOUR help to get the word out. The Partnership for America’s Children and the Coalition on Human Needs hosted a brainstorming session for anyone who helped count kids in the 2020 census to share ways to reach families about the Child Tax Credit. Special emphasis was placed on targeting families from low-income households who are eligible for this credit even though they did not file taxes. We know that there were some fantastic and unique strategies that worked for census outreach– stickers on diaper bundles, WIC agency outreach, daycare/childcare outreach, etc.– and we want to channel that creativity to help get the Child Tax Credit to families.