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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

How Are Kids Doing in Your Legislative District?

Children’s Action Alliance is pleased to share with you our 2017 legislative district fact sheets, information about Arizona’s 30 legislative districts that is updated annually. Our work is data-driven, and these fact sheets – which we share each year with lawmakers – give you a good sense of what we analyze on a regular basis to determine our policy priorities for the legislative session. Read more

What is “TANF”?

Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, known as TANF, is a vital safety net program for families who need a little help between jobs. In fact, data shows parents who receive TANF only need it for a limited time, and stop getting benefits because they have found a job, not because they run out. Read more

Arizona Kids Count Data Shows Successes, Declines in Kids’ Conditions

New county-level statistics compiled by Children’s Action Alliance, in partnership with the Annie E. Casey Foundation, show a detailed insight into child poverty, academic achievement, child safety and juvenile crime in Arizona. The 2016 Arizona KIDS COUNT Data Book analyzes five years of data from 2009 – 2014, comparing conditions for kids and families from a difficult economic period during and after the nation slowly emerged from the Great Recession. Read more

New KIDS COUNT Data Ranks Arizona 45th in Nation

The Annie E. Casey Foundation is out with its annual KIDS COUNT® Data Book, ranking Arizona 45th overall, up from 46th in 2015. The analysis ranks states on 16 data markers, including education, health, poverty and family situation, as well as community factors. While Arizona is still in the bottom ten states, improvements in math proficiency were the most notable area of progress, propelling the state from 35th in 2015 to 18th in 2016. Read more

Conditions for Arizona Kids Improve Slightly; Concerns with Poverty, Education Remain

PDF Version  PHOENIX – The ranking for conditions for Arizona children is slowly improving, moving from 46th in 2015 to 45th place this year, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s annual KIDS COUNT® Data Book. The yearly analysis evaluates data in 16 indicators, including education, health, poverty and family and community factors. Read more

Arizona Welfare to Work Policies Doing Little to Help Families

In 1979, one out of every two families with children living in poverty in Arizona participated in welfare assistance. In 2014, almost two decades after welfare reform, only one out of eleven families with children living in poverty in Arizona participated in the new program. Those who are able to participate receive a monthly average of only $93 per person in Arizona — one of the lowest rates of assistance in the country. 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.

New Report: Every Kid Needs a Family

In its latest KIDS COUNT® policy report, Every Kid Needs a Family: Giving Children in the Child Welfare System the Best Chance for Success, the Annie E. Casey Foundation highlights the urgent need for sound policies and proven practices to connect more children with nurturing and supportive families.

Have You Used the KIDS COUNT Data Center?

Children are Arizona’s greatest resource. Therefore, we must ensure that public policies and community institutions are protecting the investments made in kids across the state. To make this happen, those that make decisions that affect the lives of children, those that tell the story of children and advocates who amplify the voices of our youth, should have easily-accessible data and statistics on the well-being of kids and their families. The KIDS COUNT Data Center provides this data for children living across Arizona and for children throughout the United States.