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.

Resources


WATCH: The American Families Plan: What does it mean for kids? | #ChildrensWeek2021

| June 14, 2021 |

Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona today urged viewers during the first event of Children’s Week 2021 to “be a voice for children” by writing


6 of the Biden Budget’s best kid proposals

| June 4, 2021 |

President Biden’s FY 2022 budget proposes historic investments in our nation’s children. Many of these mirror proposals outlined in his American Families Plan and


Statement: Budget offers gains for children

| May 28, 2021 |

Bruce Lesley, president of First Focus on Children, released the following statement regarding President Biden’s budget proposal:  “The budget released this afternoon by President


Letter: The first — and next — 100 days

| May 4, 2021 |

First Focus on Children sent the following letter to President Joseph Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris congratulating them on the achievements of their


8 ways the American Families Plan offers historic progress for children

| April 28, 2021 |

The American Families Plan, released today by President Biden, may be the most important piece of legislation for children in our nation’s recent history.


Fact Sheet: The REAL impact of COVID-19 on kids

| April 22, 2021 |

Way back at the beginning of this pandemic, a narrative took hold that kids are not affected. Now, more than a year in, it


The Fight to End Child Poverty: A Conversation with Rep. Rosa DeLauro

| April 20, 2021 |

Join us on April 21st at 3:15 pm ET for a conversation with Rep. Rosa DeLauro — the chair of the House Appropriations Committee,


Fact Sheet: Kids and the American Rescue Plan

| March 30, 2021 |

The American Rescue Plan marks the biggest policy gain for children in the United States in decades. The comprehensive COVID-19 relief package passed by


Cutting Child Poverty in Half Is Historic

| March 16, 2021 |

Children in the wealthiest nation in the world should not be living in poverty. And yet, 1 in 6 children in the United States


More than ever, we need Champions for Children — these are policymakers meeting the moment

| February 4, 2021 |

Our nation’s children face multiple challenges to their well-being stemming from years of a declining share of federal investments in their future, the COVID-19