The Final Public Charge Rule and Young Children: Q&A

On August 14, 2019, the Trump Administration published a final “public charge” rule. The finalized rule makes it harder for lawfully present immigrants to obtain long-term status if government officials determine they are likely to use one or more public benefit programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Medicaid in the future.This rule could harm the health and wellbeing of millions of people and is of great concern for young children’s development and the early childhood field.