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Kids' Share 2023: Report on Federal Expenditures on Children through 2022 and Future Projections

November 9, 2023

Public spending on children represents an effort to invest in the nation's future. Investments supporting children's healthy development and human potential can promote their well-being and help them grow into the next generation of adults and workers, leading to a stronger workforce and economy.To inform policymakers, children's advocates, and the general public about how public funds are spent on children (birth through age 18), this 17th edition of the annual Kids' Share report provides a new analysis of federal expenditures on children from 1960 to 2022. It also offers an updated view of public expenditures made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Projections of federal expenditures on children through 2033 give a sense of how budget priorities are scheduled to unfold over the longer term under current law.

Kids’ Share 2022: Report on Federal Expenditures on Children through 2021 and Future Projections

September 29, 2022

Public spending on children represents an effort to invest in the nation's future. Investments supporting children's healthy development and human potential can promote their well-being and help them grow into the next generation of adults and workers, leading to a stronger workforce and economy.To inform policymakers, children's advocates, and the general public about how public funds are spent on children, this 16th edition of the annual Kids' Share report provides an updated analysis of federal expenditures on children from 1960 to 2021. It also offers an updated view of public expenditures made in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Projections of federal expenditures on children through 2032 give a sense of how budget priorities are scheduled to unfold over the longer term under current law.

Today's Children, Tomorrow's America: Six Experts Face the Facts

October 31, 2011

Compiles essays about trends in family structure; how federal, state, and local budget deficits and projected cuts affect child poverty rates and health; and their long-term implications of reduced investment in children. Includes policy recommendations.

What's Been Happening to Charitable Giving Recently? A Look at the Data

October 24, 2011

Examines the impact of the recession on giving by individuals, foundations, bequests, and corporations; the effects of tax policy changes on individual giving and bequests; and the potential effects of capping the charitable deduction at 28 percent.

Kids' Share 2011: Report on Federal Expenditures on Children Through 2010

July 21, 2011

Examines trends in federal, state, and local spending and tax expenditures on children in 2010 and during the recession, their share of federal outlays and the economy since 1960, and projected 2011-20 spending. Analyzes the impact of stimulus funding.

A Reference Manual for Child Tax Benefits

April 19, 2011

Describes the dependent exemption, child tax credit, earned income tax credit, child and dependent care tax credit, flexible spending accounts, and higher education credits. Discusses the complexity of child tax benefits and proposed reforms.

Kids' Share 2010: Report on Federal Expenditures on Children

July 14, 2010

Examines 1960-2009 trends in federal spending and tax expenditures on children, including food stamps, tax credits, and Head Start. Analyzes the effects of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding, projected funding through 2020, and implications.

The Next Stage for Social Policy: Encouraging Work and Family Formation Among Low-Income Men

October 22, 2008

Examines proposals to create work incentives for less-educated young men by changing the Earned Income Tax Credit for the childless into an individual work credit and reducing the marriage penalty. Simulates each proposal's effects, with cost estimates.

Kids' Share 2008: How Children Fare in the Federal Budget

June 18, 2008

Provides an annual analysis of trends in federal spending and tax expenditures on children's programs -- such as food stamps, tax credits, and Head Start -- and assesses the impact of future budget planning on children.

Children's Savings Accounts: Why Design Matters

May 1, 2008

Estimates how specific features of CSAs -- supplemental grants, federal matches, private contributions, and nontaxability -- would affect the impact of CSAs on wealth distribution. Analyzes data by mother's race/ethnicity, income, and education.

Why Not a "Super Simple" Saving Plan for the United States?

May 1, 2008

Describes a basic, low-cost plan to help workers build savings, with minimum employer contributions for low- and moderate-income employees, automatic employee contributions, a significant government match, streamlined retirement plans, and fairer rules.

Administering Health Insurance Mandates

March 31, 2008

Provides an overview of health insurance mandates and administrative considerations. Based on a review of existing and proposed employer and individual mandates, outlines ways to structure them to be administered fairly and effectively.