Children are receiving less than 8 percent of the federal budget—and this share fell 5.5 percent between 2014 and 2017, according to Children’s Budget 2017, our annual signature publication.

CHILdren's BUdget 2016

Federal spending dedicated to children represented just 7.83 percent of the federal budget in fiscal year 2016 and total spending on children's programs has decreased by five percent in the last two years. Learn more about allocations for children in Children's Budget 2016.


children's Budget 2015

The federal government makes more than 200 distinct investments in children. Children's Budget 2015 offers a detailed guide to federal spending on children and an invaluable resource for those seeking to improve the lives of America's youth.