First Focus report on federal investment in children's well-being:Children's Budget 2009 provides current data on federal spending on children in eight areas: child welfare, education, health, housing, income support, nutrition, safety, and training. In 2009 the dollar amount increased 10.5% over 2008—to about $266 billion. However, the amount accounted for less than 10% (9.2%) of total nondefense spending. The report paints a bleak picture of the status of many children in 2009. Before the economic crisis, over 13 million children lived in poverty, and it is estimated that an additional three million will become poor as a result of the recession and two million will be affected by the foreclosure crisis. Moreover, 8.2 million children are living without health insurance. The United States ranks 20th of 21 industrialized nations in measures of child poverty and well-being and has the second worst infant mortality rate. The report highlights efforts in 2009 to reverse a downward trend in spending in recent years. For example, of the $787 billion stimulus package, almost $144 billion went to children and children's programs. First Focus is a bipartisan advocacy organization dedicated to making children and families a priority in federal policy and budget decisions. Its 136-page, reader-friendly 2009 report is available at www.firstfocus.net.