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


Twenty years after its enactment, TANF has lost its buying power

| August 18, 2016 |

Washington – Once intended to be the nation’s most innovative anti-poverty program, the only federal cash assistance program designed to help lift families out


To Make TANF Truly Effective, Put Kids Front and Center

| August 16, 2016 |

Editor’s Note: This post was co-authored by Cara Baldari of First Focus and John Sciamanna of The Child Welfare League of America. The only


Briefing: Children’s Right to Counsel

Event September 12, 2016 |

Sep 12 2016 Briefing: Children’s Right to Counsel Gold Room, Washington, DC, US Please join the American Bar Association, Children’s Advocacy Institute, First Focus


Tackling Child Poverty in the U.S: Lessons from the U.K.

| July 28, 2016 |

Washington Monthly Increasing financial support for children and their families should be the starting point. By Lara Burt 7/28/16 In 1999, U.K. Prime Minister Tony


“Race Gap” Hurts American Children According to Children’s Budget Review

| July 14, 2016 |

Child’s World America By Shannon Fandler 7/14/16 When it comes to government spending on children, race matters. In a 2016 review of the federal


Skilled Digital Media Strategist Meg Biallas Joins First Focus

| July 14, 2016 |

Washington – Bringing more than eight years of experience in digital media strategy and development, former RAINN (Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network) Online


Children’s Budget 2016

| July 7, 2016 |

Federal spending dedicated to children represents just 7.83 percent of the federal budget in fiscal year 2016 and total spending on children’s programs has


As Children Face Uncertain Future, Federal Budget Book Analyzes Expenditures on Kids

| July 7, 2016 |

Washington – Federal spending dedicated to children represents just 7.83 percent of the federal budget in fiscal year 2016 and total spending on children’s


New York Times Columnist Charles Blow to Discuss Child Poverty at 2016 Children’s Budget Summit

| June 28, 2016 |

Washington – New York Times columnist and CNN contributor Charles Blow will talk about the intersection of child poverty and race at the 2016


Medicaid Per Capita Caps Jeopardize the Health of Children

| June 23, 2016 |

On June 22, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) unveiled the GOP’s latest Obamacare replacement plan. On the Medicaid front, Ryan is again