By Caitlin Emma

With help from Allie Grasgreen, Kimberly Hefling, Maggie Severns and Nirvi Shah

Federal funding for children’s programs has taken a disproportionately big hit as lawmakers have grappled with tight budgets, a new First Focus report finds. Congress has cut overall spending by 4 percent since 2011, but spending on children dropped by 9 percent during those years, the report says. Some areas that saw cuts: Funding for child abuse and neglect prevention declined by about 12 percent and funding for the Special Supplemental Program for Women, Infants and Children declined by 8 percent. Find the report later today: http://bit.ly/1IxbLRE…

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