State Budget Cuts: America’s Kids Pay the Price

Source: National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies, January 2010

In 2008, America’s children saw the nation’s financial system melt down and the worst recession in decades commence. In 2009, the nation’s children paid the price. At least 42 states have cut public health, programs for children with disabilities, K-12 and early education, and higher education. Next year doesn’t look any better with states needing to close as much as $260 billion dollars in budget deficits.

Congress will need to make investments in children’s programs a priority in both the jobs bill and the 2011 federal budget if children’s programs are not to be cut further.

This is grim news for America’s children. They make up more than 35 percent of those in
poverty, yet they comprise only 24.6 percent of the population. Children did not cause the
recession, but they certainly are feeling the effects of it. States cut the most basic of services
for children this year with deeper cuts on the horizon for next year. This report includes an illustrative list of state-by-state budget cuts affecting children.

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