"State Budget Cuts: America's Kids Pay the Price"

budgetcutscoverAlong with the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) and Voices for America’s Children, the Every Child Matters Education Fund released a report this week showing that the majority of states in this country continue to make deep budget cuts in key areas that support children’s development, health and safety. State Budget Cuts: America’s Kids Pay the Price, lists state-by-state cuts to programs affecting children, including public health, early education, child care, K-12, and programs for children with special needs. 

Based on a survey of Child Care Resource and Referral agencies (CCR&Rs), the report shows that FY 2011 budget cuts drastically affected children and family services within their states. The budget deal to increase the debt ceiling last August required additional cuts in the federal budget.  Federal programs for the fiscal year that began October 1 are operating under a Continuing Resolution through November 18.  The Budget Super Committee’s recommendations for the decade are due November 23.

We recommend that Congress make children’s interests a priority and support future economic growth by eradicating tax loopholes and providing additional aid to states for children’s health care and education. Additionally, Congress should adopt an Invest-in-Kids Agenda that fully funds Head Start, child abuse prevention and treatment, guarantees health insurance for every child and provides access to affordable child care for working families.

To read the complete report, please visit http://www.naccrra.org/publications/naccrra-publications/.