Source: Areeba Haider, Center for American Progress
A Center for American Progress analysis of 2020 Current Population Survey (CPS) data shows that almost 15 million children live in a household with a worker making under $15 an hour.
Gradually raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, along with eliminating the subminimum wage for tipped workers and people with disabilities-as proposed by the Raise the Wage Act-would help low-wage workers and would play a part in ensuring that their children can live healthier, better lives.
It is well-documented that poverty and financial precarity have serious and long-lasting consequences for children, but raising wages and increasing incomes for low-income families are important ways to prevent those negative impacts. An increase in the minimum wage is associated with a decrease in child maltreatment reports; improved birth outcomes and reduced infant mortality; and significant improvements in child health, especially for young children.
Rather than a piecemeal state- and local-level approach that leaves out millions of families and locks in disparities for low-wage workers and their children, lawmakers must prioritize passing a federal minimum wage that begins to ensure that children in all states can have their basic needs met.