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


Letter: Pass all child-related items in the reconciliation package

| October 22, 2021 |

First Focus Campaign for Children sent this letter to all 535 members of Congress, calling on them to commit to children by passing all


Letter: Fund the U.S. Census Bureau

| October 5, 2021 |

Over 40 children’s advocacy organizations sent this letter to Congress requesting that the U.S. Census Bureau receive at least $2 billion in funding in


More than 250 advocate groups urge White House to fight child poverty

| April 20, 2021 |

More than 250 national, state, and local organizations are urging the White House to build on the extraordinary child poverty-fighting measures in the latest


COVID relief passes with aid for millions of children

| March 10, 2021 |

Biggest policy gain for children in decades The American Rescue Plan passed just moments ago by the House of Representatives marks the biggest policy


Letter: We must place children’s needs at the top of our priorities by committing to “1% for kids”

| February 17, 2021 |

Members of the Children’s Budget Coalition, comprising over 80 advocacy organizations dedicated to prioritizing children and families in federal policy and budget decisions, sent


The Promises We Must Make to Our Children: Recommendations to the Biden-Harris Transition Team

| January 4, 2021 |

The kids are not alright. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic and economic recession, we were failing our kids on a whole range of domestic


Children get “down payment” in COVID-19 relief deal

| December 22, 2020 |

Parity, health care, nutrition provisions are welcome First Focus Campaign for Children is pleased to see several important gains for children in the COVID-19


Letter: Pass a COVID relief package this month to address the needs of children & families

| December 7, 2020 |

Members of the Children’s Budget Coalition, comprising over 80 advocacy organizations dedicated to prioritizing children and families in federal policy and budget decisions, sent


Letter: Urgent request to extend 2020 Census deadline

| October 15, 2020 |

First Focus Campaign for Children sent the following letter to Senate leadership with an urgent request to include extended deadlines for 2020 Census processing


Key Stats on the Effect of COVID-19 on Kids

| October 12, 2020 |

Updated on October 12, 2020 The COVID-19 pandemic is doing more than exposing the racial, ethnic, and economic disparities existing in our society; it