Research Report Federal Expenditures on Elementary-Age Children in 2008 (Ages 6 through 11)
Tracy Vericker, Jennifer Ehrle Macomber, Adam Kent, Additional Authors
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This report provides a first-time analysis of the nation's current spending on elementary-age children by examining 2008 federal expenditures from more than 100 federal programs on children ages 6 through 11. Findings show that six programs account for 63 percent of the expenditures on elementary-age children. Three of these are tax programs (CTC, EITC, and the dependent exemption), while the other three are child nutrition, Medicaid, and education for the disadvantaged. Education programs figure prominently in federal spending on this age group, representing 16 percent of total spending.

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Research Areas Economic mobility and inequality Social safety net Taxes and budgets
Tags Fiscal policy Welfare and safety net programs State and local tax issues Federal budget and economy Children's budget
Policy Centers Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population