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Early Childhood

A New Addition!

May 5, 2014
We are happy to announce that Kelley Murphy joins our team as our new Director of Early Childhood Policy. Kelley will provide leadership to improve early literacy and strengthen children’s access to quality child care, preschool and home visiting services.

Child Care for Safe and Thriving Children and Families: A Win-Win Strategy

February 18, 2014
Parents without reliable, affordable child care may have to make the horrible choice to leave children home alone or in other inconsistent or dangerous situations when they have to go to work. This can contribute to lack of adequate supervision for children and a report of child neglect.

A Story of the Importance of Affordable and Quality Child Care

January 4, 2014
Children's Action Alliance partners with the community and pulls together the research that shows what strengthens families and then put it into practice through policy. One example of this was our work to support First Things First and protect its independent funding source.

New Report Gets Attention of AZ Coalition

November 6, 2013
A new report from The Annie E. Casey Foundation, The First Eight Years: Building a Foundation for Lifetime Success, points the way for Arizona and other states to help more children flourish with quality learning, literacy, and health opportunities.

AZ Ranks 47th in Conditions for Kids

June 24, 2013
While key economic indicators have been improving for Arizona, key indicators for children’s health, education and security continue to rank Arizona at the bottom of the nation, according to this year’s KIDS COUNT® Data Book, published by The Annie E. Casey Foundation.  Arizona ranks 47th overall on the sixteen indicators, just above Nevada, Mississippi, and New Mexico.  Read more

Arizona Pre-K Enrollment

December 7, 2012
In Arizona, according to 2011 U.S. Census data, only 35% of 3 and 4 year old children were enrolled in preschool, which is far below the U.S. average (47%) and one of the lowest in the country. These figures are based on Census surveys and include all types of early education programs.

School Administrative Costs in Arizona

September 4, 2012
You’ve probably heard some folks who support budget cuts to education say that the real problem is that too much money is spent on administration, leaving too little for the classroom.

2011 4th Grade Reading Scores for Arizona

November 9, 2011
See the most recent 4th grade reading scores fact sheet.

Early Warning: 3 out of 4 4th Graders are NOT Proficient in Reading

May 18, 2010
Children’s Action Alliance released alarming national reading proficiency data that spells trouble for the future success of Arizona students. The latest National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reports that 75% of Arizona fourth graders are not proficient in reading. This dismal statistic ranks Arizona 45th out of 50 states and puts our economy and prosperity at high risk. Read more

A Decade of Data – The Compensation and Credentials of Arizona’s Early Care and Education Workforce

February 5, 2008
This report was commissioned by the Arizona Governor’s Office for Children, Youth and Families - Division for School Readiness, to update knowledge about Arizona’s early care and education workforce.