The Children's Budget


The Children's Initiative was selected in 2000 to produce an in-depth report summarizing San Diego County 's spending on children and their families. This resulted in a sophisticated analysis that examined spending across agencies by function. The San Diego Children's Budget project set out to help county leaders answer some basic questions:

•  How much is the County of San Diego spending for services to children and their families?

•  What specific programs and services are we funding along the continuum of prevention, intervention, treatment, and rehabilitation?

•  What is the purpose of this spending and what are the expected outcomes?

•  How can County government use this information to maximize resources, leverage public and private dollars and sustain necessary services?


The San Diego County Children's Budget describes nearly $950 million in budgeted expenditures for FY 2001-02 dedicated to health, safety, and human services for children, youth, and their families. The report describes budgeted expenditures from major county agencies serving children, including the Health and Human Services Agency and the county's Public Safety Group (specifically, the Probation Department, District Attorney's Office Juvenile Division, and Public Defender's Office Dependency Court ). These are the agencies with substantial budget commitments to children. Future efforts may look at spending of other county agencies, as well as education and private sector spending.

Please click to view San Diego County Children's Budget.