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California Essentials for Childhood Initiative (CA)

The California Essentials for Childhood Initiative uses a public health and collective impact approach to align and enhance collaborative efforts to promote safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments for children, youth and families through systems, policy and social norms change.

Economic Hardship Declined in Households With Children as Child Tax Credit Payments Arrived

The U.S. Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey collected survey responses before and after monthly Advance Child Tax Credit (CTC) checks were issued to families with children. The survey shows that initiation of CTC payments coincided with a drop in food insufficiency and difficulty paying weekly expenses in households with children. About 47% of survey respondents reported spending their CTC payments on food.

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