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


Interest on National Debt Projected to Outpace Funding for Kids, New Report Shows

| September 20, 2016 |

For Immediate Release: September 20, 2016 Contact: Meg Biallas, (202) 657-0664 Washington – A report released today by the nonprofit research organization Urban Institute


Kids’ Share 2016: Report on Federal Expenditures on Children Through 2015 and Future Projections

| September 20, 2016 |

Kids’ Share 2016 is our tenth annual analysis of federal spending and tax investments in children and families. The report finds the children’s share of the


Lack of Progress on Child Poverty Reduction Prompts the Formation of New National Coalition

| September 13, 2016 |

Washington – Amid alarming new Census data showing that nearly one in five children live below the federal poverty line, a coalition of national


Report Release: Kids’ Share 2016

Event September 20, 2016 |

Sep 20 2016 Ended Report Release: Kids' Share 2016 Urban Institute, Washington, DC, Is Spending on Children Part of the Public Conversation? A Discussion


Urban Institute, First Focus, unveil Kids’ Share 2016 findings Sept. 20

| September 8, 2016 |

Washington – The social and economic policy think tank Urban Institute and non-partisan children’s advocacy group First Focus will unveil the results of Kids’


Congress May Be at Recess, but Advocates Still Hard at Work

| September 6, 2016 |

Youth Today By Allen Fennewald 9/6/2016 When Congress adjourns for recess, youth welfare advocates often take a break during the summer. However, with the presidential


Embrace Our Nation’s Diversity and Youth, Not Walls

| September 5, 2016 |

Huffington Post By Bruce Lesley 9/5/16 It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and


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