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New Report Finds Most Kids in AZ Do Not Have Access to Preschool Programs

Arizona once again ranks at the bottom of the country for access to quality and state investments per child on preschool. According to the 2016 State of Preschool Yearbook released annually by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER), despite bipartisan national support for quality early preschool, Arizona continues to lose ground. Read more

You’re Invited: Early Childhood Legislative Day

Come join the fun at the State Capitol! Early childhood champions are gathering to raise awareness of the importance of the early years at Early Childhood Legislative Day. Network with friends and legislators, as we show how early childhood development and health contribute to healthy children, third grade literacy, enhanced economic development and strong communities! Read more

New Audit Finds Good Performance by State’s Early Childhood Program Agency

Late last month, the Arizona Auditor General’s office released its long awaited audit of First Things First, Arizona’s Early Childhood Development and Health Board. The audit was authorized nearly a year ago by the Joint Legislative Audit Committee and was extensive in nature taking a look at everything from financial practices to performance accountability for grantees. Read more

Good News/Bad News Regarding First Things First

First the good news: Last week, House Concurrent Resolution (HCR) 2037 stalled in the House Education Committee. This bill would have asked Arizonans to vote for a third time on their commitment to dedicate tobacco tax funds to children five and younger so that they arrive at school healthy and ready to succeed. Read more

Join Us and Your Elected Officials for a Community Forum in Tucson Next Week

Mark your calendars to join Children’s Action Alliance and our community partners for a community forum on early childhood education and poverty, taking place next week in Tucson.  Everyone is welcome to attend this town hall discussion, as well as join elected officials in meaningful Q and A on these important issues. Read more

Arizona leaders can take action to improve conditions for kids

Arizona still ranks 46th out of 50 states in critical conditions for children, according to the 26th annual KIDS COUNT® Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. There is some good news in the data. Arizona has seen improvement in 11 of the 16 indicators used to measure child well-being in the last five years, including fourth grade reading, teens who abuse alcohol or drugs, and babies born to teen moms.

See how your legislators scored in the 2015 Legislative Report Card

Each year, the 90 members of our state legislature vote on dozens of bills that shape the education, health and safety of Arizona’s children and families. CAA believes that every lawmaker has the responsibility to vote for kids, and our legislators should be held accountable and measured on their performance.

Tell USDA You Want the Best Nutrition for Children in Child Care and Afterschool Programs

Posted April 14, 2015 to Action Alerts, Blog, Early Childhood | Comments (0)
The Child and Adult Care Food Program is a major source of support for children enrolled in child care, Head Start, and after school programs. It ensures that over 3.5 million children have access to nutritious meals and snack. We are excited that in January USDA proposed healthier meal standards for the federal food programs serving child care and afterschool programs. Read more

Parents, grandparents, students aren’t fooled by the new state budget

Governor Ducey and many legislators are making proud pronouncements about their priority to get the state budget into structural balance. But these same lawmakers have acted repeatedly to destroy that balance by voting for new and bigger tax cuts. More than one-third of the projected budget gap between revenues and expenses for next fiscal year is because of tax cuts passed since the Great Recession began.

A Bad Budget for Arizona

In the early hours of Saturday, March 7, the Arizona legislature passed the budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2015. While the budget balances revenues and expenditures for one year, it lacks a greater vision for Arizona's children and families and future.