Enhancing Child Well-Being with Cash Assistance: Lessons from the Child Tax Credit and Next Steps for States
Join the Urban Institute and the Berkeley Opportunity Lab as we explore lessons from the 2021 child tax credit (CTC) expansion regarding program design, take-up, access, and evaluation that can inform state-level programs.
Following the temporary expansion of the federal child tax credit in 2021, 14 states enacted or expanded refundable tax credits, and additional states are considering similar proposals. At the same time, new research is beginning to shed light on how families used the expanded 2021 CTC, how this support affected outcomes for children, what kinds of barriers prevented many children in very low–income families from accessing the credit, and how all these impacts varied by race, ethnicity, income, geography, and other factors. Our conversation will explore lessons from the expanded CTC in 2021 and how state policymakers are moving forward with state-level credits.
Myra Jones-Taylor, Vice President for Policy Impact, Urban Institute
Sam Gill, President and CEO, Doris Duke Foundation
Emerging Lessons from the 2021 CTC Expansion and Implications for State Policy Design
Dolores Acevedo-Garcia, Professor of Human Development and Social Policy, Brandeis University
Katherine Michelmore, Associate Professor of Public Policy, University of Michigan
Gabriel Zucker, Associate Policy Director for Tax Benefits, Code for America
Megan Curran, Policy Director, Center on Poverty and Social Policy, Columbia University (moderator)
State CTC Policy Innovations: How state CTC programs can be informed by lessons from the federal expansion
Alissa Anderson, Senior Policy Fellow, California Budget and Policy Center
Rebecca Firestone, Executive Director, OpenSky Policy Institute
Emilie Kornheiser, Vermont State Representative
Erica Williams, Executive Director, DC Fiscal Policy Institute
Pedro Morillas, State Campaigns Director, Economic Security Project (moderator)
Greg Acs, Vice President for Income and Benefits Policy, Urban Institute; Codirector, Innovations in Cash Assistance for Children Initiative
Hilary Hoynes, Professor and Faculty Director, Berkeley Opportunity Lab; Codirector, Innovations in Cash Assistance for Children Initiative
Elaine Maag, Senior Fellow, Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, Urban Institute; Codirector, Innovations in Cash Assistance for Children Initiative
Funding for this event is provided by the Doris Duke Foundation. For more information on the Urban Institute’s funding principles, go to urban.org/fundingprinciples.