Children's budget
Urban Institute researchers look comprehensively at trends in federal and state spending and tax expenditures on children — the kids’ share of public spending.

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    Public spending on children is an investment in the nation’s future, helping ensure the next generation grows up healthy, educated, and safe. During a national crisis, this funding is even more vital for children’s development.




    Policy Centers Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population
    Research Areas Children and youth Taxes and budgets
    Tags Children's health and development Assistance for women and children Child care and workers Child welfare

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    Urban Institute researchers look comprehensively at trends in federal and state spending and tax expenditures on children — the kids’ share of public spending.

    Children can’t vote and they can’t lobby for public resources, but their well-being and development affect the future economic and social health of the country. Children also can’t work their way out of poverty, so the government has a special calling to protect them. Public investments are used to educate children; promote their health, safety, and well-being; ensure their basic needs are met; and help protect their families from financial hardship. These investments come in the form of direct spending on programs that serve kids and through tax benefits that offer their families financial assistance.

    Determining how government spends money, and who benefits, reveals our priorities. Our research seeks to inform a national conversation about how best to invest the country's resources by examining federal and state expenditures on children in the past and projected into the future. The research  includes special reports and briefs, the annual Kids’ Share chartbooksweb features and fact sheetsblog postsevents, and data appendices.

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    • Senior Fellow
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    • Research Analyst
    • Senior Fellow
    • Senior Fellow
    • Research Associate
    • Research Associate
    • Senior Fellow, Research
    • Institute Fellow and Richard B. Fisher Chair