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New KIDS COUNT Data Ranks Arizona 45th in Nation

June 22, 2016
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

Conditions for Arizona Kids Improve Slightly; Concerns with Poverty, Education Remain

June 20, 2016
PDF Version  PHOENIX – The ranking for conditions for Arizona children is slowly improving, moving from 46th in 2015 to 45th place this year, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s annual KIDS COUNT® Data Book. The yearly analysis evaluates data in 16 indicators, including education, health, poverty and family and community factors. Read more

Dept. of Child Safety Data Show Stress on Families and the Agency

June 3, 2016
The number of children in Arizona’s foster care system has reached an all-time high while the number of staff available to work with them continues to drop. As of February 2016, the number of children in foster care reached 19,044. Of these, 2,753 children were living in congregate care (primarily shelters and group homes) due to the lack of family foster homes. Read more

Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Leaves Arizona Stuck in Neutral

May 11, 2016
Yesterday, Governor Ducey signed the new state budget. It pretty much leaves Arizona stuck in neutral.  It does not rebuild any of the major pieces of the budget that were destroyed during the Great Recession. For K-12 education, it delays new cuts but has no new investments in sustaining teachers or repairing crumbling school facilities or updating classroom textbooks or technology. Read more

Please Contact Your Legislators and Thank Them for Voting to Lift the Freeze on KidsCare

May 9, 2016
Governor Ducey has signed the law to lift the freeze on KidsCare!  After a long and winding road, it is time to say thank you to your state legislators who voted yes on SB 1457 to lift the freeze on KidsCare. They listened to our voices calling for change and now it’s important for them to hear us say thank you. Read more

Thank you, Arizona, for Being Strong Voices for Children

May 6, 2016
Together, our voices are powerful and do make a difference. Thursday, the Arizona house voted to lift the freeze on KidsCare, and today the senate did the same. The bill is now on its way to Governor Ducey, who has publicly stated he will sign the measure into law. Because of you, the many organizations and individuals who rallied for kids, 30,000 Arizona children of working poor families will now be able to access affordable health coverage. Read more

Governor Ducey Leaves 30,000 Kids Behind

May 4, 2016
It is surprising and disturbing to report that Governor Ducey and legislative Republicans have ignored calls from across the state to lift the freeze on KidsCare.  After Senate President Any Biggs and a small band of extremist legislators threatened to blow up the entire budget deal, not a single Republican in the House voted for the proposed amendment to restore KidsCare and only two Republicans in the Senate voted yes.We are grateful for the strong and steadfast support of the House and Senate Democrats who made KidsCare a top priority all throughout the legislative session. Read more

New Study Finds Parents’ Incarceration Has Major Impact on Kids

April 25, 2016
The country’s “tough on crime” policies, with harsher prison sentences for offenders, have had a big impact on American families, including more than five million children whose parents are incarcerated. As a result of their parents’ absence, these kids are more likely to experience poverty, homelessness, hunger and emotional distress. These effects can be lasting, even lifelong. Read more

What You Need to Know About the State Budget

April 19, 2016
We continue to await detailed proposals from both chambers of the legislature, as negotiating the FY 2017 budget once again goes on behind closed doors. From the numbers we have seen so far, the proposals from Senate president Biggs and House Speaker Gowan include reduced funding for public schools and a yet-to-be-named PERMANENT tax cut of $30 million, funds that are desperately needed for districts struggling to keep experienced teachers and classrooms using outdated technology and texbooks. Read more

Thank You For Participating in Our News Conference and Rally at the State Capitol

April 14, 2016
A big thank you to our community partners, members of the Cover Kids Coalition and constituents across Arizona who joined us this week for a news conference and rally at the State Capitol, as we urged lawmakers to include KidsCare in their budget proposals to Governor Ducey. We also thank each of you who have emailed and called your representatives and the Governor to voice your support over the past several months. Read more