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Join Us for the 5th Grandparents Ambassadors Summit

Arizona Grandparent Ambassadors statewide will gather at the 5th Arizona Grandparent Ambassador Summit next month to network and plan for next steps in their advocacy agenda.Whether you are a grandparent raising a grandchild or community supporter, your participation is welcome.  This summit is a great event to meet others in the same situation, discuss matters of concern and attend workshop sessions on legal issues, being an advocate and helping kids through traumatic situations. Read more

Children’s Issues Are Critical This and Every Election Year

There is a lot of sound and fury to take our attention this election season. A new national poll shows that American voters recognize the importance of voting for kids. The online poll, conducted this past spring by Hart Research Associates on behalf of the Children’s Leadership Council, found nearly two-thirds of voters polled say the next president and Congress should invest more in children, including in education, health and nutrition programs that benefit kids. Read more

Arizona 2016 Vote for Public Education – Watch the Video

Posted August 16, 2016 to Blog | Comments (0)
Stumped on how to know which candidates are really willing to support public education? There are a few simple questions that can help you figure that out. Click to watch AZ Schools Now’s video to find out what to ask candidates in your legislative district about their commitment to Arizona public schools.  Read more

Trends in Child Safety

Arizonans remain on red alert about our responsibility to protect children from abuse and neglect as we hear about horrible cases of parents killing children, children suddenly removed from group homes due to safety concerns, and a judge holding the Department of Child Safety in contempt of court due to a lack of timely services to families.All of these conditions demand attention and action. Read more

Stumped on Which Questions to Ask Candidates About Support for Education?

By now, most Arizona voters who vote by mail should have gotten their ballots for this year’s primary elections and are in the process of choosing their candidates. The election is August 30th, less than three weeks away, and with so little time to decide, voters are often stumped on who should get their vote for the state legislature. Read more

Today is the Last Day to Register to Vote for the August Primary Election

Posted August 1, 2016 to Blog, Home Page Most Recent | Comments (0)
With the rush of the new school year beginning through the next few weeks, there will be school supplies, backpacks, clothes, schedules to arrange and many other things to do to get the kids prepared. One other thing that should be on your to-do list is making sure you are registered to vote for the upcoming primary election. Read more

Please Urge the Senate to Vote Yes for Foster Care Prevention Services

Arizona has nearly 19,000 children in foster care, one of the highest rates in the country. Even when placed in good homes, foster care can be traumatic for children, and families who are at risk can benefit greatly from preventive services designed to keep kids out of the child welfare system. Read more

KidsCare is Back, Families Can Now Apply

After more than six years’ hiatus, KidsCare will finally be available as a health coverage choice for working families. This is exciting news for Arizona families who have been fighting for an affordable option for medical insurance for their children. Beginning Tuesday, July 26, families across Arizona who earn too much to qualify for the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), yet cannot afford the cost of private health insurance, will be able to apply for low- or no-cost coverage through KidsCare. Read more

Our 2016 Legislative Candidate Questionnaire

As we do every election year, Children’s Action Alliance has sent an issues questionnaire to all legislative candidates who have qualified for the 2016 primary ballot. This cycle, we narrowed the survey down to five brief questions, giving candidates the opportunity to comment further on their positions on issues affecting conditions for kids. Read more

Report: Juvenile Justice in Arizona: The Fiscal Foundations of Effective Policy

This report was released in January of 2016 at a community event to discuss where Arizona stands on juvenile justice policies that make sense. Issued by Children’s Action Alliance and The Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University, the report is available here.  Read more