Code for America Joins White House to Support Families During Back-to-School Season

The coordinated outreach aims to help eligible families take advantage of the Child Tax Credit and Affordable Connectivity Plan

This back-to-school season, we’re pleased to help the White House reach more families who could benefit from two important programs: the Child Tax Credit (CTC), which provides payments to eligible families with children—and the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), which helps eligible families access high-speed internet.

Both of these programs strive to help families with low to no income gain economic stability, which strongly aligns with our mission of helping government work for everyone. In 2021, we launched in partnership with the White House and Department of the Treasury to make it easier for eligible families to claim the CTC and other tax benefits. To date, the portal has helped over 150,000 families access nearly $550 million in tax benefits for which they are eligible.

Help reach families

We officially kicked off our back-to-school outreach with the White House on September 12 with a virtual event for state, local, tribal and territory government leaders and partners, school districts, and community-based organizations. During this event, we shared guidance on how we can all best raise public awareness about the CTC and ACP. 

After more than a decade of doing public outreach, we know that government and community groups are a critical piece of this work. That’s why we’ve created a resource of email templates they can use to inform the public about CTC and ACP. Those templates can be accessed here: 

Spread the word

By empowering government and community groups, we hope to help more eligible families take advantage of these critical programs. To learn more about how we’re helping families with low or no incomes get the flexible cash that belongs to them, read about our work on simplified tax filing.

Thank you to the National League of Cities, National Association of Counties, American Public Human Services Association, and Economic Security Project for all of their support in these efforts.

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