Print Print |

2012 Data Snapshot – Arizona has 5th Highest Rate of Kids in High Poverty Areas

Children living in areas of high poverty, defined as census tracts with poverty rates higher than 30%, are more likely go hungry, live in inadequate housing and lack proper health care. Research has shown that’s true no matter what the household income is for that child.
253,000 children in Arizona – 16% of all kids – live in high poverty areas. Apache and Navajo counties have the highest rates of children living in areas of concentrated poverty.

Arizona Data Snapshot
National Snapshot

KidsCount150x150_2-1

The President’s Budget and Its Impact on Arizona’s Children and Families

On Monday, President Obama released his budget proposal. This year’s proposal comes amidst an ongoing struggle in Washington to define our nation’s priorities and resolve the conflict between extremely high budget deficits and significant and hurtful cuts in spending.

The blueprint offered in this budget handles this conflict by increasing revenues, creating a tax environment favorable to working families and significantly reducing federal spending as a share of GDP, outside of the Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid programs. Despite the proposed spending cuts, several programs serving children and families in need, either see their funding increase or stay the same. Below are a few highlights:

Education

  • Maintains the expansion of the Head Start and Early Head Start programs undertaken by the Recovery Act, providing $8 billion worth of funding.
  • Provides an additional $825 million to support child care subsidies for up to 1.5 million children.
  • Deepens the commitment to the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge by providing an additional $300 million to improving the quality of child care.
  • Increases the funding for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Infants and Families program by $20 million.

Child Welfare

  • Creates a new mandatory funding stream of $2.5 billion over the next 10 years that will act as an incentive to states who enact meaningful reforms to the foster care and child abuse service system.

Health

  • Continues funding for the implementation of the Affordable Care Act which will reduce the deficit by $1 trillion over the next two decades, while providing affordable and quality health care options for all families
  • $105 million initiative to fund community and faith based programs that have proven to reduce teen pregnancy rates.
  • Continue to strengthen child nutrition programs by funding the Health, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.
  • Invests $3.1 billion to create new health centers in 2013, which provide quality to health care to millions of people regardless of their ability to pay.

Taxes

  • Permanently extends the expansion of the Child Tax Credit and the Earned Income Tax Credit
  • Increase the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit for middle income families, so more of their expenses can be used to claim those credits.

If you would like to learn what else is in the President’s proposal, click here.

2012 Grandfamilies Fact Sheet

grandfamilies fact sheet pic backgroundThe challenges and opportunities facing Arizona grandfamilies are readily apparent and are reflected in recent census data. The data, five year estimates (2006-2010) from the American Community Survey show that about 70,000 or 4% of all children in Arizona are being raised by their grandparents. Download this fact sheet to learn more about Arizona’s grandfamilies.

Thank You for a Successful Grandparents Summit

More than 175 grandparents and advocates gathered in Casa Grande this last Sunday for The Arizona Grandparent Ambassadors Community Outreach and Advocacy Summit. Together they explored policies that will help grandparents who are raising their grandchildren and keep their families together.

Arizona Grandfamilies Fact Sheet

Experts in legal, health, financial, and education issues offered resources for families. Special thanks to Senator Linda Lopez and Representative Frank Pratt who answered questions about what is on the horizon for children and families in Arizona. Senator Leah Landrum Taylor gave a rousing keynote address, congratulating grandparents for stepping up to care for their grandchildren and keeping the kids out of foster care, and urging grandparents to speak up and be part of legislative and policy-making processes. Mutual support and advocacy for grandfamilies were the themes of the day.

Thanks to The Center for Economic Integrity, Rosemont Copper, AARP, resource organizations, and all the grandparents who traveled across Arizona to make the Summit an enormous success.