Children in the President’s Budget

BudgetAt First Focus, we like to say budget’s are about priorities. That’s why we advocate to make children and families the priority in federal policy and budget decisions.

President Obama recently released his budget request to Congress for the upcoming year, outlining his spending priorities. As in years past, the president has chosen to make kids a priority.

It’s important to recognize that the president’s budget represents the administration’s wish list of priorities and not the force of law. It provides a blueprint for Congress to consider as it begins the process of allocating federal dollars.

Every child deserves the opportunity to grow-up health, happy, and well educated. That’s why this year’s budget series analyses the many initiatives that serve as lifelines to our nation’s children, many of whom are at risk because of our fiscal situation.


Big Investments for Kids in the President’s Budget
By First Focus Staff
February 10, 2016

This fact sheet outlines the president’s requested investments in children including child health, early childhood, child poverty, housing and homelessness, education, nutrition, and child welfare.


Income Support in the President’s 2017 Budget
By Cara Baldari
February 11, 2016

This fact sheet examines policy proposals in the budget that impact the economic security of families with children. These investments include:

  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
  • Child Support Enforcement
  • Social Services Block Grant
  • Family and medical paid leave
  • Family tax credits

Housing for Children in the President’s 2017 Budget
By Cara Baldari
February 17, 2016

This fact sheet looks in greater detail at policy proposals in the budget that impact housing, including programs inside and outside the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.


Children’s Health in the President’s 2017 Budget
By Lisa Shapiro
February 23, 2016

This fact sheet outlines leading proposals in the president’s FY 2017 budget, including Medicaid and CHIP, that are significant for children’s health.