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Arizona leaders can take action to improve conditions for kids

2015KCDB_badge03_150pxCLICK: AZ RANKS 46 OUT OF 50 STATES FOR CHILD WELL-BEING

THINK: Don’t our children deserve more?

IMPROVE: How can we improve our ranking?

Arizona has a new opportunity to improve this ranking. Due to a $20 million federal grant, plans are underway to expand high quality preschool programs for four-year-old children living in high need communities. With dozens of community partners, this could open the doors of educational success to more than 2,000 children each year.

This step to expand preschool participation and close some of our education gaps depends on sustaining financial support. The federal funding is already at risk, with a new U.S. House Appropriations subcommittee budget bill that eliminates the funding for this grant. Funding from the state, philanthropy, and business and community partners will be needed to sustain and grow the preschool classrooms.

We’re counting on our Governor and state legislature to work together with us and expand early educational opportunities for a stronger workforce and a stronger community down the road.

26th annual KIDS COUNT® Data Book

One Response to “Arizona leaders can take action to improve conditions for kids”

  1. Virgel Cain says:

    Let’s all hope the Governor and the Legislature can find a way to work together and prioritize the needs of our children, so far I don’t have much hope based on their current and past actions.

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