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We Are Hiring a Policy Associate…

July 25, 2017
Join us as we continue to serve as a voice for Arizona children in the community and at the legislature. Click here for more information about the position and how to apply. Read more

Happy New Year! Fiscal Year, That Is

July 18, 2017
This month marks the beginning of Arizona’s new fiscal year. What do you think fiscal year 2018 looks like compared to ten years ago? You may be surprised! • General revenues to the state are below where they were 10 years ago – despite population growth of more than 650,000. • The Rainy Day fund balance is $240 million LESS than it was ten years ago. Read more

Our Summer Newsletter for June – September 2017

July 14, 2017
Please enjoy the latest edition of our newsletter from Arizona Grandparent Ambassadors. The Grandparents Summit is fast approaching, taking place on September 9th in Phoenix. Register today – information is available online. Read more

Ducey’s Results-Based Funding Favors High-Income Schools

July 5, 2017
Who Are the Winners and What Results Can We Expect?  PDF Version  The largest of Governor Ducey’s twelve education initiatives is a proposed $38 million for a bonus for excelling schools. He says this is part of his promise to expand access to high quality education for all students – no matter where they live and no matter where they can afford to live. Read more

Urge Senators McCain and Flake to Start Over on a New Health Care Bill

June 28, 2017
Your efforts to convince Congress to pass meaningful health care reform are working: The U.S. Senate put off voting on health care reform until after the July 4th holiday recess. Now is the time to keep the message strong to Senators McCain and Flake that we need a bill that works for Arizona, NOT one that pulls the rug out from thousands of children, seniors, and people with disabilities. Read more

School Vouchers and Why They are Not Good for AZ Public Schools

June 23, 2017
Children’s Action Alliance fought to defeat SB 1431 this legislative session, the expansion of school vouchers, called Empowerment Scholarship Accounts, or ESAs. We worked hard to let lawmakers know that this diversion of public dollars into private and religious schools would expand ESA vouchers to every student in Arizona, while leaving public schools behind. 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

Conditions for Arizona Kids Show Few Bright Spots, Health Care Strides at Risk

June 16, 2017
The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2017 KIDS COUNT® Data Book finds Arizona’s conditions for kids remain difficult, in the bottom five in the nation, ranking 46th. The yearly analysis looks at 16 different indicators affecting children’s health, economic well-being and family and community factors. Although Arizona has one of the highest rates of uninsured kids in the nation, a bright spot in the report is that more Arizona kids had health insurance, which they were able to get because of Medicaid (Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System or AHCCCS) and coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace under the Affordable Care Act. Read more

Experts Say Medicaid/AHCCCS is Critical to Arizona’s Economy

June 7, 2017
Thanks to all of you who joined our panel of economists and business leaders on Tuesday, June 6th at the Medicaid Works forum to discuss the connection between Medicaid, jobs and economic growth. We learned a lot from our moderator, Don Henninger, and panelists Lee McPheters, Mike Hutchinson, Josh Nuñez, and David Lujan. Read more

Let Congress Know They MUST Protect KidsCare!

May 25, 2017
KidsCare is threatened once again in Arizona. President Trump’s budget slashes CHIP funding and will cause an immediate freeze to KidsCare. Since the freeze on KidsCare was lifted in September of 2016, 20,000 children now have health coverage, with hundreds more signing up every week. Email our congressional delegation today to let them know we need to keep KidsCare for Arizona’s children. Read more