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School Vouchers and Why They are Not Good for AZ Public Schools

Children’s Action Alliance fought to defeat SB 1431 this legislative session, the expansion of school vouchers, called Empowerment Scholarship Accounts, or ESAs. We worked hard to let lawmakers know that this diversion of public dollars into private and religious schools would expand ESA vouchers to every student in Arizona, while leaving public schools behind. Read more

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

Conditions for Arizona Kids Show Few Bright Spots, Health Care Strides at Risk

The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2017 KIDS COUNT® Data Book finds Arizona’s conditions for kids remain difficult, in the bottom five in the nation, ranking 46th. The yearly analysis looks at 16 different indicators affecting children’s health, economic well-being and family and community factors. Although Arizona has one of the highest rates of uninsured kids in the nation, a bright spot in the report is that more Arizona kids had health insurance, which they were able to get because of Medicaid (Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System or AHCCCS) and coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace under the Affordable Care Act. Read more

Experts Say Medicaid/AHCCCS is Critical to Arizona’s Economy

Thanks to all of you who joined our panel of economists and business leaders on Tuesday, June 6th at the Medicaid Works forum to discuss the connection between Medicaid, jobs and economic growth. We learned a lot from our moderator, Don Henninger, and panelists Lee McPheters, Mike Hutchinson, Josh Nuñez, and David Lujan. Read more

Join The AZ Schools Now Network

A little more than a year ago, Children’s Action Alliance joined forces with nine other organizations to form a coalition focused on reinvesting in Arizona’s public schools. The coalition, AZ Schools Now, has brought parents, teachers, school board members, and community advocates together to advance policies that address our teacher shortage and strengthen public schools. Read more

ICYMI: A Snapshot of Lawmakers’ 2017 – 18 Budget

PDF Version for printing here If you’ve not had a chance to get caught up on the latest legislative news since the session ended, here is a quick snapshot of what it looks like for the next fiscal year: Read more

The Good and Not-So-Good of the 2018 State Budget

The state legislature ended its 2017 session last night. There were a few small bright spots for children and families. But the big decisions put us on a path to endanger children’s health, education and security going forward. Many Arizona lawmakers continue to point to the 2009 Great Recession, to blame struggling parents, and to vilify cities and school boards instead of standing up to take responsibility for the policy decisions in their hands. Read more

Thank You, So. Arizona, for Helping Us Celebrate Champion for Children, Susie Huhn

A big thank you to Southern Arizona friends and partners for joining us at our Champion for Children event in Tucson last night to celebrate Casa de los Niños CEO Susie Huhn. Susie is respected throughout Arizona and around the country for her extraordinary work with the community and families. Susie has concentrated her focus on issues related to child abuse, neglect and prevention, as well as behavioral health treatment for children and youth. Read more

State Budget Behind Closed Doors: Not Enough to Protect Arizona Families

State budget negotiations have been behind the scenes like usual and an official budget proposal was released yesterday for hearings today. While the budget has some small signs of progress for children and families, the big picture will do nothing to improve children’s health education and security. The good news is the votes are not nailed down and there is still a chance to re-shape this budget! Read more

Annual Report 2016 – Thanks to You, We’ve Made a Difference

As we face big new challenges for children and families in 2017, let’s take a moment to celebrate the power of advocacy! Together in 2016, we were able to push for big changes in public policy, such as: the reinstatement of KidsCare after it had been frozen for six years; and eliminating the “grandmother penalty” to help low-income grandparents raising their grandchildren get financial assistance through Temporary Assistance to Needy Families dollars. Read more