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2018 Children's Budget Summit and Reception

  • United States Capitol Visitor Center, SVC 210-12 First Street Northeast Washington, DC 20004 (map)

When it comes to the federal budget, how are kids faring? Join us at our annual Children's Budget Summit to find out!

First Focus is proud to announce the release of Children's Budget 2018, which captures and analyzes historical funding data and spending trends across a wide range of policy areas including child welfare, early childhood, education, health, housing, income support, nutrition, safety and training tracking federal investments in nearly 200 different programs.

Please join us and experts in child policy as we will discuss this year's findings and the need for Congress to support a comprehensive approach to prioritizing children in federal budget decisions.

Featuring a keynote address by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, author of What the Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City and director of the Michigan State University and Hurley Children's Hospital Pediatric Public Health initiative, the 2018 Children's Budget Summit will remind us of the investments needed to paint a brighter future for our nation's children.

Remarks from Senator Debbie Stabenow (MI)

Presentation: How the Federal Budget Shortchanges Children

Bruce Lesley, president, First Focus


  • Rev. Fr. Douglas A. G. Greenaway, president & CEO, National WIC Association

  • Lynn Karoly, Ph.D., senior economist at the RAND Corporation and professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School; co-author of The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine February 2018 Consensus Study Report, “Transforming the Financing of Early Care and Education”

  • Natasha Slesnick, Ph.D., professor of Human Development and Family Science in the Department of Human Sciences at The Ohio State University and Associate Dean for Research and Administration in the College of Education and Human Ecology

  • Michelle Dallafior, senior vice president for budget and tax, First Focus (moderator)

A reception with an open bar and heavy appetizers will immediately follow the Summit until 6:30 pm.