New York Must Commit to Cutting Child Poverty in Half in Ten Years with a Focus on Racial Equity

Nearly one in five New York children lived in poverty in 2019 and the pandemic brought high unemployment statewide, significantly exacerbating child poverty. New York children are more likely to live in poverty than in 32 other states, with 18% experiencing poverty in 2019. In some New York communities the percentage of poor children exceeds 50%. Due to structural and systemic racism, child poverty among New York State children of color has long approached 30%. Research shows that this unacceptable level of child poverty costs New York over $60 billion a year.

  • Poverty affects the social, emotional, and cognitive well-being of developing children and babies. It creates and widens disparities and increases risk of school struggles and child welfare involvement.
  • Historical and ongoing structural racism in employment, housing, and education, among other realms, cause children of color to experience poverty at approximately twice the rate of white children.
  • The younger the child, the more likely they are to experience poverty. Our youngest children are our poorest New Yorkers.

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Lawmakers, please co-sponsor the Child Poverty Reduction bill: S.2755C/A.1160C
Partners, please sign your organization on to the campaign.
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Reducing Child Poverty Core Workgroup
Children’s Defense Fund-New York
Citizens’ Committee for Children of NY (CCC)
New York Immigration Coalition
NYS American Academy of Pediatrics, Chapters 1, 2 & 3
Prevent Child Abuse NY
Robin Hood
Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy
The Children’s Agenda
The Education Trust-New York
United Way of Greater Rochester
Westchester Children’s Association


Action for a Better Community
Adirondack Foundation – Birth to Three Alliance
Alliance for Quality Education
Alliance of New York State YMCAs
Astor Services for Children & Families
Bivona Child Advocacy Center
Callen-Lorde Community Health Center
Citizen Action of New York
Community Health Care Association of NYS
Docs for Tots
ECE on the Move
Early Care and Learning Council
Educators for Excellence – New York
Empire Justice Center
Health and Welfare Council of Long Island
Hope For Youth
League of Women Voters of St. Lawrence County
Little Flower Children and Family Services of New York
Medicaid Matters New York
The Mental Health Association of Westchester
Mothers & Babies Perinatal Network
New York State Community Action Association
New York State Council of Churches
NYPALC – New York Portuguese American Leadership Conference
NYS Network for Youth Success
Open Door Family Medical Center
Poppy Muse Inc.
Rochester Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative
United Way Of The Greater Capital Region
University of Rochester
University of Rochester Medical Center
United Way of Westchester and Putnam
Westchester Library System
White Plains Youth Bureau
Yonkers Coalition for Youth

The Latest

Letter to Governor Cuomo from Reducing Child Poverty Core Workgroup. June 7, 2021

Statement: New York Child Advocacy and Health Organizations Celebrate the Passage of the New York Child Poverty Reduction Act. June 11, 2021

Capital Tonight: Advocates waiting for Assembly to pass Child Poverty Reduction Act

Gotham Gazette: New York’s Chance to Take on the Crisis of Child Poverty. June 8, 2021

Memo in Support S.2755-C/A.1160-C, June 7, 2021
The Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy urges swift passage of the Child Poverty Reduction Act that would have New York publicly commit to cutting child poverty in half in ten years. 

Pediatric leaders from across the state released a strong statement about the impacts of poverty on child health and urging enactment of the Child Poverty Reduction Act. May 27, 2021

Schuyler Center and more than 50 child poverty reduction partners sent this letter to legislative leaders urging NY Legislative leaders to pass the Child Poverty Reduction Act S.2755-B (Ramos) / A.1160-B (Bronson). May 26, 2021

Memo in Support S.2755-A/A.1160-B. May 24, 2021
The Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy urges swift passage of the Child Poverty Reduction Act that would have New York publicly commit to cutting child poverty in half in ten years. 

Supporting Children and Families in Accessing Federal Tax Benefits in the Recent American Rescue Plan. Raising New York one-pager, April 2021
    El apoyo a los niños y las familias para que accedan a los beneficios fiscales federales en el Plan de rescate estadounidense reciente, Abril 2021

Harvard ALI Social Impact Review: The Time is Now for New York State to Commit to Reduce Child Poverty – An Interview with Kate Breslin and Dede Hill of the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy, April 13, 2021. Read our blog post.

The New York State Budget must strengthen and expand the Empire State Child Tax Credit, especially for those left out of the federal child tax credit expansion, March 26, 2021  

Letter from Schuyler Center and anti-poverty, immigration and child advocacy partners from around the state calling for New York leaders to expand New York’s child tax credit to provide a NYS credit to children in low-income families largely left out of the American Rescue Plan, March 11, 2021

Presentation about Child Poverty Reduction in New York State by Schuyler Center’s Kate Breslin—along with Dia Bryant, The Education Trust–New York; Kimberley Chin, Children’s Defense Fund-NY; and Loris Toribio, Robin Hood Foundation. Presented at the New York State Association of Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislators Living our Legacy event on February 27, 2021.

New York State Child Poverty Facts, February 18, 2021

Letter to NYS Legislators from NY child advocacy organizations asking them to include addressing child poverty is on budget priority list; become a co-sponsor of the Child Poverty Reduction Act S.2755-A (Ramos)/A.1160 (Bronson) and ensure it is included it in the budget bills, February 18, 2021

Memo in Support: S.2755-A/A.1160, February 16, 2021
The Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy urges swift passage of S.2755-A (Ramos)/A.1160 (Bronson) that would have New York publicly commit to cutting child poverty in half by in ten years, with attention to racial equity, and require a plan to reach this goal and regular assessment of progress toward the goal.

Capital Tonight: Pediatrician: Child Poverty Can Become a Lifelong Ailment (PDF). January 14, 2021

Capital Tonight: Kate Breslin, Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy President and CEO, discusses how advocates are using New York’s Climate Act as a model to tackle child poverty, December 21, 2020.

View a recording of a Facebook Live: Virtual Legislative Briefing on the NY Childhood Poverty Reduction Act S.9012/A.11063 by bill sponsors Senator Jessica Ramos and Assemblymember Harry Bronson. Also participating in the briefing was Wes Moore, CEO of the Robin Hood Foundation; Dr. Omolara Thomas Uwemedimo, a pediatrician and member of the American Academy of Pediatrics; and Norma Degante, a Children’s Defense Fund-New York College Navigator who participated in CDF-NY’s Beat the Odds program, December 15, 2020.