Bridging the Gap

Benefits for Families with Children Benefits for Families with Children

Raising a family is arguably one of, if not the most, rewarding aspects of life. It can also be one of the more costly. Having children means needing money to pay for everything from clothes and food to school-related expenses and medical care. For this reason, ensuring access to economic supports for frontline workers with children is all the more important. Being able to financially provide for their children’s needs is the starting point for ensuring that they’ll lead happier, healthier childhoods and grow up to be successful adults!

Below is a list of resources specifically aimed at supporting frontline workers and their children.

Health and Nutrition Benefits:

Children’s Health Insurance Program

State-based program that helps families who earn up to $44,500 annually to pay for medical care for children under 18.

CHIP

The InsureKidsNow Application Map
Interactive maps that allow you to locate information about your state’s CHIP program, download the necessary application forms or apply online.

Official InsureKidsNow Site
A comprehensive site that can answer any question about CHIP. Be sure to check out the outreach section for free downloadable fliers, posters and fact sheets.

Women, Infants, and Children Program

Federal program that helps to cover nutritional and other health needs for lower-income women with children.

Official WIC Site
The official USDA Food and Nutrition Service WIC website provides detailed information on the program, including eligibility requirements and details on how to apply.

Tax Credits:

Earned Income Tax Credit

More than $5000 in cash for eligible families, simply for filing taxes.

Earned Income Tax Credit

National Human Service Assembly and Corporate Voices for Working Families EITC Toolkit This toolkit is specifically designed to do effective EITC outreach in the non-profit workplace. Materials include everything an HR or employee supervisor needs to understand what benefits are out there and how to connect their teams with them, including: an easy-to-use guide, fliers, posters, paycheck stuffers, and more.

The Center for Budget and Policy Priority EITC toolkit consists of everything you need to get an EITC awareness and enrollment campaign aimed at reaching constituents up and running in your organization or community. Materials include: Paycheck stuffers; fliers in 21 languages, checklist of materials needed to file; outreach strategies; posters in English and Spanish, and more.

The National League of Cities’ YEF EITC Toolkit provides a comprehensive look at EITC and how to mount a full scale campaign. Although oriented for municipal leaders, this toolkit has a wealth of resources, information and outreach ideas.

The Official IRS EITC Information Site. Learn everything you need to about the EITC here – from what EITC is to how to participate in community outreach!

The National Community Tax Coalition Site. This coalition seeks to improve the economic well being of low- and moderate-income individuals, families, and communities by building a movement to dramatically increase access to tax credits and benefits. The site contains the latest EITC news, info on community-based free tax preparation programs, trainings, events and resources.

National Women’s Law Center’s EITC Resource Page. The NWLC has put together a wide range of tax credit resources for parents, advocates and service providers. The site also contains fliers on tax credits specific to all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Advocates and families can download these materials to use in their community outreach.

Child Tax Credit

Up to $1000 per qualifying child for any worker who earned more than $3000 in 2011.

CTC IRS Resource Page
Center on Budget and Policy Priority Overview

Child and Dependent Care Credit

Non-refundable credit for expenses to care for a child or dependent with disabilities in order to work.

CDCC IRS Resource Page

American Opportunity Tax Credit (Formerly the Hope Credit)

Educational credit for tuition and expenses for undergraduate students worth up to $2500.

AOTC IRS Resource Page

Other benefits:

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
Infants, toddlers, and children with disabilities may be eligible for free special education services, including screenings, evaluations, and treatment plans. For more information about IDEA, direct employees to: http://idea.ed.gov/

Adoption Assistance Payments
Parents who have adopted children with “special needs” – such as physical or metal disabilities, belongs to specific minority groups, etc. – from the child welfare system may have a range of state-based financial supports. For additional information on eligibility criteria, visit: http://www.nacac.org/policy/statefactsheets.html


The Family Strengthening Policy Center was developed with support
from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.