Brief Children’s Programs Receive Smaller Increase Than Other Programs in 2020 Labor–HHS–Education Act
A Kids’ Share Analysis
Julia B. Isaacs, Cary Lou, Eleanor Lauderback
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The Labor–Health and Human Services (HHS)–Education appropriations bill sets federal funding levels for important programs supporting our nation’s children. The Kids’ Share research team tracked four successive versions of the funding proposal: the president’s budget; the House bill, the Senate draft bill, and the final conference agreement signed into law in late December 2019. This analysis finds that Congress increased funding for Labor–HHS–Education programs overall, but little of the increase went to children’s programs. Levels of public investments in children are important to track because they have consequences for building the capacity of tomorrow’s workforce and economy. 

Research Areas Education Social safety net Taxes and budgets Children and youth
Tags Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) K-12 education Early childhood education Federal budget and economy Kids in context
Policy Centers Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population