Thousands of Arizona families are at risk of losing out on up to $3,600 per child in payments that will start arriving monthly on July 15, if they don’t take advantage of the expanded child tax credit that President Biden and supporters in Congress approved in March as part of the American Rescue Plan in response to COVID-19. While the economy may be recovering for some, for too many, a crisis remains and extra cash from the child tax credit will provide a significant boost to help Arizonans care for their families.
WHAT: A press conference to remind Arizona families about the expanded child tax credit, to inform families who are not receiving the child tax credit that they still have time to enroll, and to announce grassroots efforts that are part of a new campaign to help families access the child tax credit and other benefits that can help to lift their children out of poverty. Families can get more information by visiting the campaign’s website campaignforamericaschildren.com or Getmyctc.org.
The press conference is one of dozens of media events being organized across the country to raise awareness of the new credit ahead of the payments being distributed to families this month.
WHO: Valley community leaders, elected officials, and local families will join Common Sense, Southwest Human Development, Educare Arizona, Mi Familia Vota, and others.
· Scheduled speakers include: U.S. Representative Greg Stanton, U.S. Representative Ruben Gallego, community leaders, and Arizona families receiving the child tax credit
WHEN: 10 a.m., Thursday, July 8, 2021
WHERE: Educare Arizona, 1300 N. 48th St., Phoenix, AZ 85008
WHY: In Arizona, 215,000 children, or 13% of kids under the age of 18, are considered poor, according to fact sheets released by the White House. On June 21, Common Sense launched the Campaign for America’s Children, to help ensure that lower-income families in early childhood education settings learn about the child tax credit and other benefits for kids and families in President Biden’s American Rescue Plan. The campaign will mobilize community outreach in targeted communities and utilize a paid advertising campaign, texting program, grassroots outreach and public service announcements distributed across cable and broadcast platforms.
About Common Sense
Common Sense is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in the 21st century. Learn more at commonsense.org.
About Southwest Human Development
Southwest Human Development is Arizona’s largest nonprofit dedicated to early childhood development. Recognizing a child’s earliest experiences and relationships establish the foundation for all future development, Southwest Human Development’s more than 40 comprehensive programs focus on young children – ages birth to 5 – and their families in the areas of child development, mental health, Easterseals disabilities services, early literacy, Head Start and Early Head Start, family support and child welfare, and professional development and training. Founded in 1981, Southwest Human Development serves 140,000 children, their families and professionals each year. Learn more at www.swhd.org.
About Educare Arizona
Founded in 2011, Educare Arizona’s mission is to ensure vulnerable young children and their families achieve success in school and in life by providing quality early childhood learning, family support, and health care. We also act as an unequivocal voice for early childhood policy and practice for all children. As one of just 25 schools in the Educare Network, Educare Arizona is part of a national evidence-based model that builds on what works: reaching young children early, providing quality individualized care, offering intensive services and developing healthy relationships. Learn more at www.educarearizona.org.
About Mi Familia Vota
Mi Familia Vota builds Latino political power as a national civic engagement organization that unites Latino, immigrant, and allied communities to promote social and economic justice through citizenship workshops, voter registration, and voter participation. Mi Familia Vota has operations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, and Texas.
Ilana Lowery, Arizona Director
Jason Maymon, VP, Communications
Southwest Human Development and Educare Arizona
Ryan Narramore, Senior Manager, Brand + Communications