State Budgets and Child Welfare

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Disparities in state spending on services for children can create disparities in outcomes, including education, health, social services, and housing, according to a brief from the Urban Institute. Public investment per child ranges from $4,770 in Idaho to more than $13,000 in Vermont, according to the brief, Do State Spending Differences Create an Unequal Playing Field for Children? The authors argue that states need flexibility in their budgets to respond to changes in their youth population, and that federal funds should target states where demographic projections show an increase in births.

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