Vice President Kamala Harris visited Pittsburgh Monday to tout the administration’s boost to the Child Tax Credit.
Watch Harris’ remarks in the player above.
The outreach is part of the continued implementation of President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion relief package to help the U.S. economy heal from the coronavirus pandemic.
Administration officials said they expect that several million families will benefit from the assistance, while underscoring that the money should enable more parents to work and boost economic growth.
Many parents have needed to forgo work because of the pandemic, and the administration is banking on $15 billion for child care and development block grants to make it easier for people to return to jobs.
One in eight child care jobs have yet to return after the pandemic closed many centers and schools, according to the administration.
The aid is to be used for payments to child care providers and compensation for caregivers, both of which are designed to improve access and quality of services.
The relief package increased the size of the credit, and the IRS is scheduled to begin issuing payments on July 15.
An eligible family would receive $300 a month for a child under the age of 6 and $250 for those between the ages of 6 and 17. Experts forecast that the payments could halve child poverty.
Estimates from the IRS suggest that 39 million households accounting for nearly 9 in 10 U.S. children are already set to receive the payments.
Families that have yet to file their taxes and did not sign up for the direct payments in the relief package can still register.
Key goals of the administration’s outreach are to build support for extending the payments, which would lapse after one year, and raising awareness that people can qualify for them.