Who did we talk to?
Pediatrician and researcher Megan Sandel, who treats kids at Boston Medical Center.
NPR spoke to her a couple of years ago while the monthly payments were still going out to families. She said this at the time. In the last six month, we have seen families start to recover. Finally, we have begun to graduate children from our Grow Clinic. Sandel said to Ari Shapiro of
All things Considered this week that:
We are seeing families under enormous stress. These families are faced with really difficult decisions. Listen to the
Consider This episode on
how families are sliding back into poverty
What’s the context?As reported by All Things Considered
, in 2021, Congress increased child tax credit as part of the American Rescue Plan. Listen to the
Consider This episode on how families are sliding back into poverty.What’s the context?
- All Things Considered reported, in 2021, Congress increased the amount of the child tax credit as part of the American Rescue Plan. The program also increased eligibility for low-income families by millions. Experts and parents both reported relief. However, the measure was only temporary and was not renewed.
Experts claim that policy changes are reflected in the classroom.
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We had something that really, really worked. What are some ways we can convince ourselves that this investment is worth it? What I say is that I will do my best as a doctor to help children grow. It is in their hands. What now?
Sandel isn’t ready to give up on policies that help families and kids. She says the new child poverty rate is a “wakeup call” to all. “
As Ludden reports on, child poverty rates are also fueling political debate about bringing back a expanded child tax credit – although it has been at a standstill in Congress.