Getting back to basics for our nation's children

The Huffington Post

July 21, 2011


Bruce Lesley, president of First Focus, writes about two new important but disturbing reports, Children's Budget 2011 by First Focus and Kids' Share 2011 by the Brookings Institution and the Urban Institute, were released today. Although the reports show a temporary increase in federal support for children in federal funding in 2009 and 2010, the long-term trend is a troubling one, as the share of federal funding for children dropped by nearly 10 percent in 2011 and will continue on a sharp downward trajectory so that federal payments for interest on the debt alone will exceed funding for all children's programs by 2014.
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