Infant and Toddler Economic Security Social Media Toolkit
Members of the National Collaborative for Infants & Toddlers released the below social media toolkit to help amplify the needs of our nation's youngest children
Use the below social media posts to help share the importance of investing in child care and other evidence-based early childhood programs to ensure kids grow up prepared for future success.
A baby’s first three years are crucial for their brain and body development. But when nearly 20% of infants and toddlers live below the poverty line, setting children up for success can be difficult. To raise healthy, confident children ready for school and for life, families need essentials like affordable healthcare, nutritious food, and safe and stable housing. We must ensure all families have what they need to ensure kids can start off strong.
Our children need a strong foundation to be the best learners, workers and leaders they can be. Infants and toddlers are the most vulnerable to the effects of poverty, and without equitable access to essentials like housing and childcare, the impacts can last a lifetime. But high poverty for young children persists because families with infants and toddlers face unique economic burdens: their household incomes are lower than households with older children and they face much higher caregiving costs. We must do more to ensure all children have the strong start they need for a successful future.
Nearly 1 in 5 children in the United States live in families experiencing poverty. But it doesn’t have to be that way. One year ago, the American Rescue Plan Act became law, and with it, an expanded Child Tax Credit that helped families balance the high cost of raising children by allocating up to $3,600 per child. The CTC lifted 4.1 million children above the poverty line. A year later, the CTC has expired, but children and their families still need help. We must make economic security for all families a national priority.
The cost of #childcare for families with infants is approximately 21% of a family’s income, and it comes at a time when families can least afford it. With little economic support to care for a child, families are left with few options to ensure their children can #StartOffStrong.
As low incomes persist for many families with infants & toddlers, we must do more to ensure families have the economic security they need to give our nation’s future learners, workers and leaders a strong foundation. #StartOffStrong
Nearly 1 in 5 babies are experiencing poverty. But the #ChildTaxCredit successfully lifted 4.1M children above the poverty line. We must continue to give families the economic supports they need so their children can #StartOffStrong.
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