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

**Multiple federal courts have blocked the public charge regulation from going into effect as scheduled on October 15. This Q&A has been updated.** On August 14, 2019, the Trump Administration published a final “public charge” rule. The finalized rule would make 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. If implemented, this rule would harm the health and wellbeing of millions of people and is of great concern for young children’s development and the early childhood field.