Children’s Champions Update
July 2, 2015
- New Resource on the Federal Budget
- New State Fact Sheets
First Focus Releases New Resource on the Federal Budget
Last week, First Focus released its new report Children’s Budget 2015, which outlines the federal investments made in children. The report demonstrates that the federal government made more than 200 distinct investments in children, including towards education, Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
The report also reveals that there is still much work to be done. Some highlights include:
- Overall spending has decreased by 4 percent from 2011 to 2015;
- 7.9 percent of the 2015 federal budget is dedicated towards investing in children;
- Total federal spending on children has dropped 9.4 percent after adjusting for inflation since 2011.
Children’s Budget 2015 is a useful tool for early learning advocates and can help generate key talking points on behalf of our nation’s children. The guide also breaks down federal spending by program, making it particularly useful and easy to understand. To read the Children’s Budget 2015 and the accompanying resources, please click here.
Child Care Aware Releases State Fact Sheets
Child Care Aware of America released its 2015 State Fact Sheets, which provide state-by-state data on the current status of child care. The fact sheets review various issues, including:
- Family characteristics
- The supply of child care
- The cost of child care
- The child care workforce
These fact sheets are also critical tools for child care advocates and policymakers, and can help us work together to improve the quality of child care and make early education accessible to all young children.