Children’s Funding Project held a webinar entitled, “National Funding for Children and Youth” to launch their report on their pilot State Child and Youth Fiscal Map Cohort platform. The map includes data for Alaska, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and New York on where their funding for children and youth programs and services is going. The maps and data are interactive with visualizations that are user friendly.

The fiscal map is a tool used to document and analyze the funding sources that support children and youth programs and services in different states. The map can show federal, state, and local sources of funding and sometimes private dollars from foundations or other sources. Fiscal maps help local leaders and advocates to understand existing funding streams to better understand spending on youth and children programs and make informed decisions to improve and advocate for the use of funds. For example, Minnesota used their budget surplus to put billions of dollars for children and family programs.

By Harper Dilley, Policy Intern