The COVID-19 virus has changed, and continues to change, the lives of children and youth, with widespread and long-lasting consequences. Many children have faced significant physical and mental health challenges—especially those from low-income families, those in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems, those who are homeless, and those with a disability. Child Trends’ resources created during the height of the pandemic helped policymakers, youth-serving program staff, and parents understand how best to support all children through the crisis and mitigate the potential harm posed to our youngest populations. Child Trends researchers analyzed inequities in the distribution of economic supports to families during the pandemic. We also proposed strategies for addressing the effects of the pandemic and equitably leveraging fiscal investments in pandemic response and recovery.
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