The recently expanded Child Tax Credit was the topic of discussion at the Children's Museum of New Hampshire in Dover on Monday.

Under the expanded Child Tax Credit, eligible families will receive monthly payments of up to $3,600 per child.

Margaret Langdenskamp, a mother from Exeter, said the fact that her family will get the tax credit each month "will be huge."

“When childcare was costing us $12,000 a year for one baby… it put a strain on our family budget,” Langdenskamp said.

U.S. Rep. Chris Pappas, D-NH, was at the museum for the discussion. He said the tax credit is a big deal for the country.

"I think this is really going to move the needle in terms of affordability for a lot of families, and our kids are worth the investment,” Pappas said.

Pappas said the money will give parents the ability to afford to take care of basic needs.

“I've heard from parents who've talked about being able to afford child care, to fix a leaky roof, or to repair a car to get back into the workforce with this tax credit. We're talking about basic needs for families that go a long way to providing a healthy environment for the next generation,” Pappas said.

Pappas serves New Hampshire's First District. The program is expected to impact 77.5% of children in the district, benefiting 103,900 children.

The money comes from the American Rescue Plan Act, which Pappas supported.

According to a press release, the legislation will lift 4,500 children in the district out of poverty, including 1,700 children under the age of 6.

Monthly Child Tax Credit payments will be delivered to families beginning July 15th.

Pappas was joined by State Sen. Rebecca Perkins Kwoka, D-NH, at the event.

Contact Managing News Editor Kimberley Haas at Kimberley.Haas@townsquaremedia.com.

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