Today, Donna Klein our President and CEO had a meeting with America’s Promise where she learned some shocking facts about how children are treated in the federal budget.

Here are some facts from the First Focus report Children’s Budget 2008:

  • For the past five years, only one penny of every new, real non-defense dollar spent by federal government has gone to children and children’s programs.
  • Children’s spending makes up only ten percent of the entire non-defense budget.
  • The overall share of federal, non-defense spending going to children’s programs has dropped by 10 percent over the past five years.
  • Real discretionary spending on children has declined by more than six percent since 2004, while at the same time all other non-defense discretionary spending has increased by more than 8 percent.

By Susan Holbrook