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What is “TANF”?

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Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, known as TANF, is a vital safety net program for families who need a little help between jobs. In fact, data shows parents who receive TANF only need it for a limited time, and stop getting benefits because they have found a job, not because they run out. Read more

Arizona Kids Count Data Shows Successes, Declines in Kids’ Conditions

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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

New KIDS COUNT Data Ranks Arizona 45th in Nation

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The Annie E. Casey Foundation is out with its annual KIDS COUNT® Data Book, ranking Arizona 45th overall, up from 46th in 2015. The analysis ranks states on 16 data markers, including education, health, poverty and family situation, as well as community factors. While Arizona is still in the bottom ten states, improvements in math proficiency were the most notable area of progress, propelling the state from 35th in 2015 to 18th in 2016. Read more

Arizona Welfare to Work Policies Doing Little to Help Families

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In 1979, one out of every two families with children living in poverty in Arizona participated in welfare assistance. In 2014, almost two decades after welfare reform, only one out of eleven families with children living in poverty in Arizona participated in the new program. Those who are able to participate receive a monthly average of only $93 per person in Arizona — one of the lowest rates of assistance in the country. Read more

Essential DCS Charts and Graphs

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The Child Protective Services (CPS) program provides dozens of data indicators related to the reports of abuse or neglect it receives and the children and families who receive some kind of service from CPS. Here at Children's Action Alliance, we frequently go over the data available to us and the general public and try to make sense of it all and what it means to the children and families of Arizona.

Arizona leaders can take action to improve conditions for kids

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Arizona still ranks 46th out of 50 states in critical conditions for children, according to the 26th annual KIDS COUNT® Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. There is some good news in the data. Arizona has seen improvement in 11 of the 16 indicators used to measure child well-being in the last five years, including fourth grade reading, teens who abuse alcohol or drugs, and babies born to teen moms.

New Report: Every Kid Needs a Family

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In its latest KIDS COUNT® policy report, Every Kid Needs a Family: Giving Children in the Child Welfare System the Best Chance for Success, the Annie E. Casey Foundation highlights the urgent need for sound policies and proven practices to connect more children with nurturing and supportive families.

Have You Used the KIDS COUNT Data Center?

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Children are Arizona’s greatest resource. Therefore, we must ensure that public policies and community institutions are protecting the investments made in kids across the state. To make this happen, those that make decisions that affect the lives of children, those that tell the story of children and advocates who amplify the voices of our youth, should have easily-accessible data and statistics on the well-being of kids and their families. The KIDS COUNT Data Center provides this data for children living across Arizona and for children throughout the United States.

285,000 Arizona Kids Lifted Out of Poverty

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A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows that anti-poverty measures are successful to keeping children out of poverty. If it weren’t for programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), Free and Reduced School Lunch and, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), 285,000 more Arizona children would be living in poverty, according to the supplemental poverty measure (SPM). Read more

New KIDS COUNT Policy Report

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With almost half the nation’s young children growing up in low-income households, a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation calls for a comprehensive effort to lift kids out of poverty.