Children are not faring well in America. Over the course of the two-year presidential campaign cycle that is well underway, eight million children will be born in this country. If our nation’s elected leaders do nothing, more than 75,000 of those children born in this country below the age of 2 will be abused or neglected, over 500,000 will be uninsured, and nearly two million will live in poverty — a disadvantage that research has shown to have lifelong negative consequences for their education, income, health, and well-being.
Despite the fact that the public recognizes these problems, is deeply concerned about the future for children, and opposes cutting public investments in children’s programs such as education, early childhood, child health, and efforts to prevent child abuse and neglect, the federal share of spending dedicated to children continues to decline and is now less than 8 percent of the federal budget. In fact, children have absorbed a disproportionate share of budget cuts to address the federal budget deficit – a problem that children did not create.