The federal government makes more than 180 distinct investments in children. These include traditional “children’s” initiatives, like education and child abuse and neglect prevention. They also include other investments that improve the lives of kids, like Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly Food Stamps).

Children’s Budget 2013 offers a detailed guide to federal spending on children and an invaluable resource for those seeking to improve the lives of America’s youth.

Ebook Version
Children’s Budget 2013 is also available as an ebook offering instant program-by-program access. This initial version is saved in the popular EPUB file format, which is compatible with a range of ebook readers, including Apple iOS devices the Barnes and Noble Nook. If there is significant interest, a version compatible with’s Kindle ebook readers will be released later in 2013. To use the ebook version, just download from our file storage site and follow your ebook reader’s installation instructions.

Hard Copies
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First Focus President Bruce Lesley summarized the key findings from Children’s Budget 2013 at a Capitol Hill forum sponsored by Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Senator Patty Murray. Children’s Budget Summit 2013 also featured remarks by Congressman Mike Castle (R-Del., retired) and Roberto Rodriguez, Special Assistant to the President for Education Policy. Download Bruce Lesley’s presentation.

Earlier Children’s Budget Editions