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Early Childhood

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

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

New Report Finds Most Kids in AZ Do Not Have Access to Preschool Programs

June 21, 2017
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

You’re Invited: Early Childhood Legislative Day

February 1, 2017
Come join the fun at the State Capitol! Early childhood champions are gathering to raise awareness of the importance of the early years at Early Childhood Legislative Day. Network with friends and legislators, as we show how early childhood development and health contribute to healthy children, third grade literacy, enhanced economic development and strong communities! Read more

Good News/Bad News Regarding First Things First

February 3, 2016
First the good news: Last week, House Concurrent Resolution (HCR) 2037 stalled in the House Education Committee. This bill would have asked Arizonans to vote for a third time on their commitment to dedicate tobacco tax funds to children five and younger so that they arrive at school healthy and ready to succeed. Read more

A Bad Budget for Arizona

March 11, 2015
In the early hours of Saturday, March 7, the Arizona legislature passed the budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2015. While the budget balances revenues and expenditures for one year, it lacks a greater vision for Arizona's children and families and future.

Child Care: Good News & Bad News

January 28, 2015
There’s good news and bad news for Arizona’s working families looking for strong, affordable child care. Recently, the state sent letters to every qualified family who was on the waiting list for child care vouchers, offering them a chance to come in and update their applications and receive a voucher to help them pay for the child care that works for them. Read more

2015 Policy Priorities for the Arizona Governor, State Legislature and State Agencies

December 24, 2014
Children's Action Alliance invites you to join us as we stand up for policies and practices that create a brighter future for our children and a vibrant economy for Arizona.

Reading Scores Show Mixed Results

August 11, 2014
The Arizona Department of Education released AIMS test results last week. AIMS is the state standardized test that measures student achievement. 2014 was the first year in which 3rd grade students who score extremely low on reading proficiency will not be promoted to fourth grade, according to Arizona’s “Move On When Reading” law. The news on the test results is mixed.


July 15, 2014
Just as Arizona’s children are getting ready to return to school and a new batch of 3 and 4 year olds are beginning preschool, good news comes for some working parents. Thanks to legislative funding for child care, notice went out to 4,000 children and their families that they can now use vouchers to help pay child care costs.