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.


Shutdown 2023: What kids will lose

| September 29, 2023 |

As Congress careens toward a government shutdown that would begin just after midnight on Saturday, we’re thinking about what it means for kids. Here’s what

Cutting Kids: What a Shutdown Means for WIC Participants

| September 29, 2023 |

For more than 50 years, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, better known as WIC, has been one of the

Congress Is Shortchanging Children

| September 27, 2023 |

As part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) in 2021, Congress made unprecedented investments in children, as the share of federal spending on kids rose

Children’s Budget 2023: Funding negotiations endanger children’s health, education, and well-being

| September 21, 2023 |

New report from First Focus on Children tracks decline in share of federal spending on kids A new report from First Focus on Children

Children’s Budget Summit 2023

Event September 22, 2023 |

Sep 22 2023 Ended Children's Budget Summit 2023 Senate Budget Committee Hearing Room, Washington, DC

New research shows baby and toddler programs need greater funding

| August 24, 2023 |

“Babies in the Budget” outlines federal investment in the nation’s youngest children WASHINGTON, August 23, 2023 — New research released today shows that the federal government

Babies in the Budget

| August 23, 2023 |

Babies in the Budget — a report co-authored by ZERO TO THREE and First Focus on Children — examines federal investment in the nation’s

Children’s Agenda for The Biden-Harris Administration

| August 10, 2023 |

The Biden-Harris Administration took office at a time of deep uncertainty in our country. Political divisiveness, a raging pandemic, and its subsequent economic fallout

Watch: Invest In Kids Briefing

| June 15, 2023 |

Join in celebrating Father’s Day and Children’s Week by attending a briefing with Congressional leaders, Administration officials, and child advocates focused on the importance

Invest in Kids Briefing

Event June 15, 2023 |

Jun 15 2023 Ended Invest in Kids Briefing Whittall Pavilion at the Library of Congress, Washington, DC Join in celebrating Father’s Day and Children’s