President Obama's Budget Delivers for Children

Since 2002, Every Child Matters has supported greater investments in the federal budget to ensure the health, education, safety, and prosperity of every child in America. For too long, we have tolerated high rates of child poverty and lack of access to quality health care, education, and child care. The federal budget represents more than a set of numbers on a balance sheet. It represents the values of America.

This week President Obama’s proposed budget for fiscal 2016 correctly called for an end to mindless automatic budget cuts and urged important new investments.

To prepare children to begin school ready to learn, the President’s budget would:

  • Expand access to quality, affordable child care
  • Extend the length of Head Start for 3- and 4-year-olds and expand access to toddlers
  • Support universal preschool

To keep children safe and out of trouble, the President’s budget would:

  • Renew efforts to promote juvenile justice and fight youth violence
  • Help disconnected youth get back on track
  • Invest in voluntary, evidence-based home visiting that reduces child abuse and neglect, improves parenting, and promotes child development and school readiness

To improve child health, the President’s budget would:

  • Extend and improve Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
  • Improve access to mental health services in Medicaid
  • Support healthy eating through the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010

To boost family incomes, the President’s budget would:

  • Cut taxes for families paying for child care by as much as $3,000 per child
  • Provide tuition-free community college for responsible students
  • Support affordable rental housing for 4.7 million families

The budget contains many more important investments in children and families and pays for them by closing tax loopholes, special breaks that benefit only the wealthy and corporations, not you. To learn more, click here.

Congress will consider President Obama’s budget in coming months as well as release their own proposals. Every Child Matters strongly supports the budget policy vision for children the President has laid out. If you agree, tell your members of Congress. Click here to contact your Representative and Senators and tell them to support what the President’s budget does for children. Give them specifics. Use either what we have provided or tell them something else you care about. They need to hear from you.