State Funding for Children
State-specific spending profiles provide an overview of state and local government expenditures, comparisons to the U.S. as a whole, and expenditure trends from 1992 to 1998 and 2004 for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the United States. Each state profile includes spending by major program areas such as health, education, and nonhealth social services. These expenditures are expressed in several ways, including total spending as well as spending per child, spending per low-income child, expenditures compared to the state's economy, and spending as a share of the state's overall budget.
States and their local governments play a crucial role in financing and delivering public services for children. Despite this important role, there is no comprehensive source of information on how much each state spends for children. This study, funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, helps fill that gap by developing and analyzing spending data for most major programs that benefit children.
This report describes how much states spent on children's services in 1992 and the changes that have occurred in that spending since 1970. The primary focus of the study is on spending by state and local governments rather than the federal government.