ERIC Number: ED424004
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
A Guide to Developing and Using Family and Children's Budgets.
Friedman, Mark; Danegger, Anna
Family and children's budgets summarize spending for children and their families, providing a picture of how resources are used at the national, state, county, city, and community levels. Directed to government officials, child and family advocates, and analysts, this book is intended as a user-friendly guide to address a range of issues about the construction, development, and use of such budgets. The guide reviews existing family and children's budgets and list resources for developing similar policy and decision-making tools. The major sections of the guide are: (1) "Starting Points," describing family and children's budgets and their role within a larger tool kit; (2) "The Developmental Nature of Family and Children's Budgets," including budgeting by program inventory, function, and result; (3) "How Do You Build a Family and Children's Budget?," including deciding what to include and exclude and the importance of community investments; (4) "Data Challenges in Building a Family and Children's Budget," focusing on geographic and time boundaries, expenditures, private- and public-sector funding, expenditures, revenue, inflation and population growth, and software; (5) "What Do You Do With a Family and Children's Budget?"; (6) "Issues and Lessons, including the role of advocacy organizations and common mistakes; and (7) "Who's Done It?" highlighting counties and states that have produced children's budgets regularly. Appendices include a partial inventory of budget documents, and examples of formats in state and local family and children's budgets. Contains 32 references. (Author/KB)
Descriptors: Administration, Budgeting, Budgets, Children, Cost Estimates, Expenditures, Family (Sociological Unit), Finance Reform, Financial Problems, Money Management, Operating Expenses, Resource Allocation
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Finance Project, Washington, DC.
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