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. We invite you to join us in sharing both the new analysis in Children’s Budget 2018 and the Children’s Budget Summit! Use our messaging toolkit to spread the word.
As the State of the Union is delivered on January 30, 2018, help us drive awareness of how kids fit in to the federal budget with these sample posts and images:
Children represent 23% of the Union, but receive less than 8% of the Federal Budget #SOTU #InvestInKids
To really improve the state of the union, federal policymakers need to #raisethecaps and #InvestInKids
The #SOTU is a good time to ask: are kids a priority in federal budget decisions? Not according to Children’s Budget 2017. It’s time to #InvestInKids
As @BruceLesley reminds us in Children’s Budget 2017, kids must not be an afterthought. Is their voice being heard at the #SOTU?
Funding for Early Childhood remains in jeopardy as the Maternal and Infant Early Care Home Visiting (MIECHV) program waits for reauthorization. See how we can better #InvestInKids this year; http://bit.ly/2zKYNqa
Children’s education spending increased by less than 1% since 2014. The United States of America can do more to support our students and #InvestInKids #SOTU
Our service members have students in their families—but investments in their education have decreased by 8.3% since 2014. This year, let’s #InvestInKids. #SOTU
Extending CHIP funding for a at least 10 years would save money and help children #CHIPforGood #SOTU #InvestInKids
Did you know Community Health Centers haven’t been funded yet? Don’t let our investments in children’s health fall through the cracks #InvestInKids #SOTU
We can #InvestInKids by investing in their housing, but funding has declined 6% in just four years. We can do better. See our report on the situation: http://bit.ly/2zKYNqa #SOTU #InvestInKids
Reminder: Income supports lift kids out of poverty, but the share going to kids has been decreasing since 2014. We can’t let that trend continue in 2018. #SOTU #InvestInKids
Food insecurity remains a serious issue for 13 million children. We can’t afford for kids to lose access to vital nutrition programs: http://bit.ly/2zKYNqa #InvestInKids #SOTU
Did you know that only .05 % of the federal budget goes to #ChildSafety programs? #InvestInKids and make their safety paramount. #SOTU
As we consider the economy, remember that if we don’t invest in youth training, we’ll have less capacity to meet the growing needs of our workforce. #InvestInKids and invest in our future. #SOTU
The holiday recess provides an opportunity to spread the word on social media asking Congress to put kids first – especially while they are at home with their constituents. Download our suite of graphics to share on social media this weekend. Click on each image to open in a new window. From there, click and drag to your desktop to save.