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In the new policy statement Poverty and Child Health in the United States, the AAP calls for support and expansion of state and federal antipoverty and safety net programs, health care, early childhood education, affordable housing, home visiting programs, and critical nutrition support programs like WIC, SNAP, and the school lunch program. The AAP recommends engagement in public policy efforts to protect the health of children affected by poverty and to help families become economically secure.

States play an important role in the development of this public policy and the advocacy work of AAP chapters is critical to ensuring that the voices of children and their families are heard.

Learn more about what state legislatures are considering this year in the areas of minimum wagestate child care and dependent care tax creditsstate earned income tax credits, and paid leave.

To access a comprehensive collection of resources on this issue from the AAP, visit Poverty & Child Health.