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Your Support Helps Protect Health Care Options for Working Families

When you support Children’s Action Alliance you help to protect healthcare for children, like Cate’s son, Zachary. Read their story here.

We are also continuing with our spirit of giving. If you donate $100 or more to Children’s Action Alliance by December 28th, you will be entered to win this lovely three-piece ceramic vase and bowl set, crafted by a student from Chaparral High School.

Don’t miss your chance to win, make your end of the year contribution today!

Give to Children’s Action Alliance Today and Be Entered to Win!

Your donation can help achieve our 2018 Policy Priorities for children and families.

Everyone who donates $100 or more by December 21st will be entered to win our Casino Night basket. This includes a one-night stay, dinner for two at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino and a gift certificate to Agave’s.

Don’t miss this opportunity to win and to help make Arizona children safer and healthier, make your contribution today!

Save the Date: March to Save Arizona Schools!

Start the new year by raising your voice for public education with Arizonans from around the state. Mark your calendars for this event:

 

Report: Child Care Policies Rank AZ Near the Bottom

Access to quality child care is important for the well-being of parents, children, and our communities. The National Women’s Law Center released a new report entitled Persistent Gaps: State Child Care Assistance Policies 2017  that compares how states encourage or impede access to affordable, quality child care for working families.

The good news in Arizona is that the co-payment amount that families are required to pay dropped significantly. For a family of three earning $30,000 per year, for example, the co-payment dropped by an average of $87 per month. In addition, while Arizona still has a waiting list, administrative changes were made that allow families on the wait list to receive assistance much more quickly.

Despite this good news, Arizona still has the most out of date child care assistance rates in the country, paying at a rate based on what child care cost back in the year 2000. This payment rate is significantly out of compliance with the federal requirements to participate in this program, in some cases by as much as 43%. This problem puts children at risk because many low income parents can’t afford to pay the difference between the state reimbursement and the cost of care. Unless Arizona closes this gap, the result could be a loss of federal funding leaving many more of the most vulnerable children without reliable and safe child care.

 

Frank from Fostering Advocates AZ is Going to the UK to Study!

We are pleased to share that Frank Smith, a member of the Fostering Advocates Arizona (FAAZ) Young Adult Leadership Board, has just been awarded the Marshall Scholarship, a prestigious post-graduate scholarship.
The award was granted to only 43 students this year, and is focused on leadership and strengthening the relationship between the USA and the United Kingdom.

“The questions were grueling and challenging,” said Frank, who will head to Oxford University in England next summer to pursue a master’s in comparative social policy. Frank has worked hard to build a support system of friends, mentors and Arizona State University staff to help him achieve this incredible goal.

As an alumnus of foster care in Arizona, Frank has been an outstanding leader and inspiration through his efforts to improve outcomes for other kids in foster care. He has repeatedly demonstrated a willingness to learn through diverse experiences in the broader public policy world. This is another step in his quest to make a difference in the lives of others.

Congratulations, Frank, and we look forward to hearing more about your success!