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A Decade of Data – The Compensation and Credentials of Arizona’s Early Care and Education Workforce

This report was commissioned by the Arizona Governor’s Office for Children, Youth and Families – Division
for School Readiness, to update knowledge about Arizona’s early care and education workforce.

A Decade of Data: The Compensation and Credentials of Arizona’s Early Care and Education Workforce marks ten years in which trends can be identified by comparing survey results from 1997 to 2007. Longitudinal findings in the areas of wages, benefits, length of employment, and education levels of the ECE workforce were analyzed.

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Hearing Their Voices

hearing their voicesArizona Juvenile Courts play a critical role in the lives of abused and neglected children when they enter foster care.
The court processes for these cases are called dependency proceedings because children who ultimately need the
protection of the court are deemed “dependent children.” Many decisions in a dependent child’s life from the time
of entry into foster care to the moment of departure from the system are overseen by the court. Courts
determine whether children will enter foster care, how often they will be moved from placement to placement once
they enter care, whether they will see their siblings and other family members while in care, when they will leave the system, and where they will go once they leave.

This report details the current processes for dependent children and proposes some areas for improvement.

Read the Report.

Payday Loans are Bad for Arizona’s Working Families

Thanks to your efforts and the efforts of our partners, the extraordinary interest charge for payday loans are currently illegal. That doesn’t mean that the payday loan industry has given up. There is frequent talk of bringing them back, so we’re always on the lookout for bills in the legislature or propositions on the ballot. 

Here’s a fact sheet on why these predatory loans are bad for Arizona’s working families.

Drug Testing TANF Recipients

Temporary Assistance to Need Families (TANF) benefits provide minimal, time-limited cash assistance to extremely poor mothers and children while moms gain work skills and seek jobs. Throughout the years the legislature has proposed laws that would require all recipients of  TANF, to pass regular drug tests in order to receive benefits.

Read the Fact Sheet.