Federal Budget

When it comes to prioritizing children in the federal budget, Congress is badly out-of-step with the needs and wants of the American people. While voters think more than one-fourth of federal resources should be invested in children, Congress allocates less than 8 percent. First Focus is working to change that, by publicizing detailed analyses of fiscal proposals from a children’s perspective, publishing an annual Children’s Budget, and advancing policy solutions to ensure that children are the priority in the federal budget.


First Focus Statement on the Child Tax Credit

| October 6, 2017 |

Last week, officials from the White House, Senate and House of Representatives (known as the “Big Six”) released a framework for overhauling the tax

West Virginia Event Highlights Need to Put Kids First in Federal Budget

| September 19, 2017 |

EDITOR’S NOTE: This was originally published at the Children’s Budget Coalition website. What does it look like to make children and families a priority

In the News: Kids Fest event in WV mixes education, fun

| September 18, 2017 |

From the West Virginia Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON – While it may have appeared that Kids Fest was all about fun and games, organizers of Sunday’s

Millions of Kids are Food Insecure, But Nutrition Programs Can Help

| September 13, 2017 |

No child should have to worry about whether his or her family will be able to afford to put food on the table. But

Census Data Highlights Devastating Effect of Poverty on Children

| September 12, 2017 |

WASHINGTON–New data published today from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that 18 percent of American children—13.3 million—lived below the poverty line in 2016, a slight decrease from

Loophole Disguises How the Budget Control Act Endangers Kids

| July 27, 2017 |

Crucial resources to help children have suffered from a steady tide of divestment in federal spending in recent years. The dozens of children’s groups

Senate Threatens the Health of Pregnant Women and Babies

| July 12, 2017 |

EDITOR’S NOTE: This was originally published on Medium. Real health reform would start with some basic goals and principles, such as: (1) expanding health coverage;

TOOLKIT: Patriotic Share Graphics to Invest in Kids

| June 29, 2017 |

The holiday recess provides an opportunity to spread the word on social media asking Congress to put kids first – especially while they are

Trumpcare: Shifting Medicaid Cuts and Harm to the States

| June 27, 2017 |

EDITOR’S NOTE: This was originally published on Medium. Now is the time for state leaders to stop being “wary” and to express their opposition

Protecting the Lives of America’s Youngest

| June 22, 2017 |

Remember Jimmy Kimmel’s tear-filled monologue pleading that all children in America should have healthcare, on behalf of his newborn son who underwent heart surgery?