PENNSYLVANIA — This Wednesday, millions of families with children across the country will receive their third monthly Child Tax Credit payment as part of President Biden’s American Rescue Plan. Thanks to President Biden and Democrats — and no thanks to Republicans in Congress who unanimously opposed the relief plan — the expanded Child Tax Credit continues to provide additional monthly relief of up to $1,800 per child to the families of 2,368,000 children in Pennsylvania, helping lift 140,000 children out of poverty.
The average back-to-school spending is $498. That leaves $1,302 left over per child. Here’s what else an $1,800 payment could buy as kids across the Commonwealth go back to school:
300: boxes of pencils
600: notebooks for class
120: lunch boxes
3: “back to school” shopping trips, based on the average cost of $498 for a trip for each child
“Families across the commonwealth are cutting costs where they can to make ends meet. Back to school can make this a particularly difficult time for families who are struggling financially,” said Rosie Lapowsky, PA Dems Spokesperson. “The Child Tax Credit will make it significantly easier for families to sleep at night, knowing that they have that extra bit of room to set their children up to succeed for the coming school year.”