Effective Systems

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


In a report from the Urban Institute, resident experts from diverse disciplines were asked to respond to the question: “How can solutions to our national and state budget crises fit the facts about children in the United States?” For example, children are poorer than all other age groups in the U.S. yet their share of the federal budget is projected to drop from 11 percent in 2010 to 8 percent in 2020 as additional funding from the American Recovery Act ends and mandated spending, especially for Social Security and Medicare, rises. The contributors to Today’s Children, Tomorrow’s America: Six Experts Face the Facts respond differently to recent challenges but agree that there are sound ways to restrain the current deficit and invest in children, including increased funding in early childhood programs that prepare children for future educational and economic success.