Children’s Budget 2017 Digital Toolkit

First Focus is introducing the 2017 release of its signature Children’s Budget publication, illustrating where our federal government is succeeding—and, often, falling short—in making kids the priority in its budget making decisions.

Our latest review tracks 172 mandatory and discretionary programs whose funding is either entirely of partially dedicated to children’s health, early and K-12 education, nutrition, income security, housing, safety, training, and welfare.

Join us in spreading the word to #InvestInKids by sharing Children’s Budget 2017. Below you’ll find sample tweets, imagesm and materials for social media.

Thank you for partnering with us in our work to make children and families the priority in federal policy and budget decisions.

Sample Tweets

Even though they make up a quarter of our population, children receive less than 8 percent of federal spending. See how we’re falling short to #InvestInKids and how we could do better to support them in @First_Focus’ Children’s Budget 2017:

Since 2014 children received just 4.1% of all new federal spending, and total federal spending grew at twice the rate of spending on children. See our findings in Children’s Budget 2017:

.@FirstFocus Children’s Budget report tracks spending on 172 individual programs affecting children between 2014-2017. Get it here: #InvestInKids

#InvestInKids to support our nation’s future. Check out the 2017 Children’s Budget publication by @First_Focus to see where the federal government is succeeding or falling short in making kids a priority:

How would the President’s proposed FY18 budget affect children? Find out in the Children’s Budget report via @First_Focus:

Children’s Budget 2017 shows how sequestration has hurt discretionary spending on kids. Now is the time to #raisethecaps and #investinkids:

Program Area Tweets

Child Welfare

#ChildWelfare programs lost valuable funding between FY16 and FY17. Don’t let FY18 put them deeper in the red!

Early Childhood

Funding for early childhood programs falls woefully short – see how we can better #InvestInKids;

Education/ Education: Military

Children’s education spending increased by less than 1% since 2014. Congress can do more to support our students and #investinkids

Our service members have students in their families—but investments in their education have decreased by 8.3% since 2014:

Health Programs

Health spending has grown to help improve care for children, but proposed FY18 cuts could hurt many—along with not extending #CHIP:

Housing Programs

We can #InvestInKids by investing in their housing, but funding has gone down by 7.5% in just four years. Our report:

Family Economics

Income supports lift kids out of poverty, but the amount going to kids has been decreasing since 2014. We can’t let that trend continue :


Food insecurity remains a serious issue for 13 million children. We can’t afford to continued cuts to their nutrition programs:  Safety Did you know that only .04 % of the federal budget goes to #ChildSafety programs?:


If we don’t invest in youth training, we’ll have less capacity to meet the growing needs of our workforce: