Making Children a Greater National Priority in the Federal Budget

Welcome to, the first dynamic, interactive website giving you the tools to explore how the federal government invests taxpayer resources in our children. is a project of First Focus, a national, bipartisan children’s advocacy organization. Using this site, you can discover annual funding information for each federally supported program that aims to help our nation’s children. The boxes below allow you to search for individual programs, compare categories of children’s spending, and even create a custom category of the programs that matter to you. For more information on how to use this site, please view an introductory video.

The Federal budget is a reflection of our national priorities. Politicians of all political affiliations claim to put kids first. Yet this year, the federal government will spend less than 8% of its budget on programs addressing the needs of American young people. Are we shortchanging our children?

Spending on children in the federal budget makes up a tiny percentage of total spending. Though children make up a quarter of our population, out of every dollar spent by the federal government, less than a dime goes to children.

Overview Chart

Search for funding data on more than 180 federal programs that benefit children by entering criteria in the form fields below.

Advanced Search

Select a children's budget category to view more details.