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From Day Care to Avoiding Debt: Child Tax Credits Quietly Underwrite Family Expenses

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President Joe Biden, joined by Vice President Kamala Harris, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Majority Leader Charles “Chuck” Schumer, D-N.Y., delivers remarks on the American Rescue Plan Friday, March 12, 2021.

More than two million Pennsylvania children are receiving federal aid via the expanded child tax credit. Parents say they’re putting the money toward everything from bills to college savings accounts. But WHYY Keystone Crossroads’ Laura Benshoff reports they’re reluctant to get used to payments that Congress may not renew.

(Original air-date: 11/17/21)

Laura Benshoff covers stories of statewide interest for Keystone Crossroads and WHYY, with a focus on immigration. She previously reported on the suburbs, public education, and mental health. Her work has aired nationally on NPR, Marketplace and Reveal/CIR. Prior to becoming a journalist, she worked for the City of Philadelphia’s Commerce Department. Laura attended McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She diligently works at speaking Spanish and knows a little French.