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Thank You to Southern AZ Legislative Candidates for Joining Us on Education Issues

We continued our series of seminars on education issues in Tucson on Friday, October 7, with a good showing from legislative candidates interested in learning about issues affecting K-12 education in Arizona. We have a lot of work to do to improve our public schools: proper funding for materials, teacher pay and safe classrooms. Read more

Help Choose a Question on Kids’ Issues for Sunday’s Presidential Debate

This weekend, the presidential candidates will participate in a second debate. Scheduled for Sunday, October 9th at 6:00pm Arizona time, the Commission on Presidential Debates and moderators from news divisions at ABC and CNN have agreed to consider using a question from someone outside the audience. We are asking you to help by voting for a question on children’s issues submitted by president and CEO of the Annie E. Read more

Get Your Tickets for Children’s Action Alliance’s Annual Fundraising Luncheon

Posted September 21, 2016 to Blog, E-news, enews, Events, Home Page Most Recent | Comments (0)
Be treated to live youth entertainment from Osborn Middle School and Camelback High School, get inspired to make Arizona a better place for children and mingle with your colleagues at the 18th Annual Through the Eyes of a Child fundraising luncheon next month in Phoenix. There is still time to get your tickets online, whether you are purchasing for yourself or a sponsoring a full table for your organization. Read more

New Census Data Finds Drop in Uninsured Children in Arizona

Posted September 20, 2016 to Blog, E-news, enews, Health, Health, Home Page Most Recent | Comments (0)
Some good news from the U.S. Census Bureau this week, as the agency released data on more than 40 different topics in the American Community Survey. Notable in the data is a significant drop in the percentage of children without health coverage in Arizona. The data, from 2015, estimates that, 8% of Arizona’s children remained uninsured in 2015, compared with 10% in 2014. 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

Welcome Our Newest CAA Team Member

We are pleased to introduce our newest staff member, Siman Qaasim, who joins Children’s Action Alliance as Director of Health Policy. Siman is a well-seasoned public health professional, with a background in developing and administering community health programs. She joins the team from the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, where she was an administrator for the Office of School Health and Wellness Initiatives. Read more

KidsCare Coverage Starts Now

Posted September 1, 2016 to Blog, E-news, Health, Health, Home Page Most Recent | Comments (0)
It was a hard-fought battle to lift the freeze on KidsCare, but Arizona families won. As of today, working families who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid (Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, or AHCCCS) yet cannot afford the premiums, deductibles and co-pays of a private or Health Insurance Marketplace plan, can now get their children to a doctor as soon as they need one. Read more

Tuesday, August 30th is Primary Election Day

Tomorrow, August 30th, is primary election day in Arizona, where registered voters will choose the candidates who will proceed to the general election in November. Polls are open all day until 7pm statewide, but if you are not sure where you are supposed to go to cast a ballot, visit the Secretary of State’s website to find 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

Your Opportunity to Give Input on Arizona’s Education Priorities is Here

The state’s Department of Education is inviting all Arizonans to share their priorities for education by responding to an online survey, the results of which will be used to develop Arizona’s plan for implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  ESSA, which will replace No Child Left Behind as the primary federal legislation addressing the nation’s public education system, is scheduled to be implemented in the 2017-2018 school year.   Read more