Report Shows Overall Investment in Children is Falling in the U.S.

According to a new report from First Focus, federal discretionary spending on children, as adjusted for inflation, has dropped by 11.6 percent between 2010 and 2015. Children’s Budget 2015, which analyzes data from across federal programs, also shows that even when not adjusted for inflation  discretionary funded dedicated to children’s health, education, child welfare, training, safety, and nutrition are all down.

“While we saw increased spending as a result of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the 2011 Budget Control Act introduced sequestration that involved serious cuts to important domestic programs,” writes First Focus President Bruce Lesley in the report. “The fiscal year 2016 discretionary spending levels, because of a lack of relief from sequestration, are the lowest in a decade. Federal investments in our children and our future are going in the wrong direction.”

Additional findings

  • In 2015, fed investment in kids dropped 9.4%.
  • Kids are 25% of the population, but only 8% of tax money goes to them.
  • 2015 investments in education down 19.8%.
  • Early childhood education spending is up 4.6%
  • Overall spending in child welfare is down 2.9%.

Read Children’s Budget 2015 from First Focus.