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Report: Child Care Policies Rank AZ Near the Bottom

December 12, 2017
Access to quality child care is important for the well-being of parents, children, and our communities. The National Women’s Law Center released a new report entitled Persistent Gaps: State Child Care Assistance Policies 2017  that compares how states encourage or impede access to affordable, quality child care for working families. The good news in Arizona is that the co-payment amount that families are required to pay dropped significantly. Read more

Frank from Fostering Advocates AZ is Going to the UK to Study!

December 11, 2017
We are pleased to share that Frank Smith, a member of the Fostering Advocates Arizona (FAAZ) Young Adult Leadership Board, has just been awarded the Marshall Scholarship, a prestigious post-graduate scholarship. The award was granted to only 43 students this year, and is focused on leadership and strengthening the relationship between the USA and the United Kingdom. Read more

AZ Tax Collections Too Slow to Re-Invest in K-12 Public Schools

November 30, 2017
State revenue projections show that relying on economic growth without tax increases is not a realistic plan to reinvest the funding our schools need. Children’s Action Alliance highlights this gap in a new Return on Education policy brief. The data show that Arizona’s K-12 public schools are STILL short $1.1 billion in state funding compared to fiscal year 2008, before the budget cuts during the Great Recession. Read more

Data Show Children of Color Face Barriers to Educational Success

October 24, 2017
A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds that children of color and those growing up in immigrant families continue to face persistent barriers to opportunity. The report, Race for Results, measures children’s progress on 12 key milestones for family security, health and education. The data shows small improvements since 2014. Read more

Investments In Quality Early Education Yield High Returns

October 19, 2017
The evidence is clear: when young children have healthy and enriching experiences, with one on one attention from teachers, parents and caregivers, they are more likely to be ready for school and to transition successfully into kindergarten and beyond. Decades of evidence shows that an investment in quality early education saves considerable money in long term costs to address the issues that occur when students struggle in school. Read more

Read Our 4th Quarter Newsletter – October – December 2017

October 17, 2017
Click here for our latest newsletter detailing what’s happening with the Arizona Grandparents Ambassadors this quarter. Read more

Teacher Shortage is Reaching Critical Levels in Arizona

October 3, 2017
One hundred thirty five school districts and charter schools report ongoing challenges with Arizona’s teacher shortage in the third annual survey from the Arizona School Personnel Administrators Association. This year, more than half of the identified teacher position openings remain vacant or are filled using alternative methods four weeks into the school year: More than 500 teachers have already abandoned their jobs or resigned, up 13% over last year. Read more

Senator John McCain Stands for AZ and Says No to Graham-Cassidy Repeal

September 22, 2017
Across Arizona, families with children, seniors, people with disabilities, children in foster care, parents with pre-existing conditions, and children with special needs thank John McCain for standing with his Grand Canyon state and announcing he will vote NO on the Graham-Cassidy Repeal bill. In his statement, McCain said, “I cannot, in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal. Read more

The New School Year Has Begun: Help Ensure AZ Public Schools Get the Support They Need

August 31, 2017
In just 90 days, a group of volunteers called Save Our Schools Arizona collected more than 111,000 petition signatures to put a hold on the expansion of Arizona’s school voucher program (called Empowerment Scholarship Accounts) that would divert millions of tax dollars from public to religious and other private schools, giving Arizona voters an opportunity to decide whether to keep the legislation when they go to the polls in November 2018. Read more