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Only two of the six planned monthly child tax credit payments have gone out so far, but new data shows the money may already be successfully reducing the financial struggles of American families.

Thanks to the American Rescue Plan, the IRS is providing about 35 million parents with half of the 2021 child tax credit in the form of advance monthly payments. Between July and December of this year, eligible families are able to receive up to $300 a month for each child ages 5 and under and up to $250 for each child ages 6 to 17. The first round of checks was deposited on July 15; the second round was sent out Friday.

Parents don’t have to make a dime this year to be eligible for the child tax credit payments, leading some experts to dub it the “biggest anti-poverty program” in decades. And although advocates have noted how difficult it can be for poor families to actually access the funds they’re entitled to, evidence from the U.S. Census Bureau’s latest Household Pulse Survey suggests the money is already reducing the prevalence of issues like hunger.