First Focus Releases Children’s Budget 2013, Including Detailed Analysis of Recent Federal Health and Education Spending Initiatives

First Focus, a bipartisan advocacy organization dedicated to making children and families a priority in federal policy and budget decisions, released their Children’s Budget 2013 today.

The Children’s Budget is an annual report which details the scope of federal investment in our nation’s children. More than 180 distinct federal investments which impact children are made every year; these include the obvious (like education) as well as initiatives that are not typically recognized as investments in children, such as Medicaid and federal affordable housing.  Among several key findings, First Focus found that total spending on children has declined for three consecutive years, with less than 8 percent of the federal budget being invested in children.

Read the First Focus, Children’s Budget 2013