2020 Annual Report

“It is not easy to try to change things at the state capitol and at the federal level. It takes donors, funders, the community, and a dedicated experienced staff who knows what they are doing. We are making a difference. We saw the difference made last year with the passage of Prop. 208, and with millions of new dollars going into child care subsidies. More resources are going to grandparents raising grandchildren and to foster youth who are aging out of the foster care system to help them avoid being evicted from their housing. All of that could not have been possible without the support of donors and funders.”

David Lujan
President and CEO

k12 education during COVID-19

Our Impact

K-12 Education

Urged votes to stand for children and vote yes for Proposition 208. The ballot measure will bring hundreds of millions of new dollars in K-12 public education funding to address Arizona’s teacher shortage, reduce class sizes, hire more aides and counselors, and expand career and technical education.

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Our Impact

Early Childhood Education

Directed $88M in CARES Act funding to help sustain the child care system through the pandemic with emergency operational grants to providers for regardless of attendance and dedicated child care locations and scholarships for essential workers.

Secured an additional $258M in federal child care funding for ongoing support for early care and education providers.

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Our Impact

Child Welfare & Juvenile Justice

Directed $500,000 of CARES Act funding to the Department of Child Safety for eviction prevention assistance for transition age foster youth and kinship families.

Joined forces with foster youth across the country to successfully lobby Congress for a moratorium on aging out of foster care during the pandemic.

Our Impact


Amplified the importance of KidsCare in the state budget and throughout the pandemic to influence early gubernatorial decisions to stop collecting premiums for the program and to waive the wait period for enrollment.

Reached agreement with AHCCCS to ensure former foster youth have continuous and uninterrupted health care coverage to age 26.

Our Impact

Arizona Center for Economic Progress

Successfully advocated for federal economic relief COVID-19 pandemic, including direct aid to households with children and with lower incomes (including boosts to nutrition and unemployment programs), as well as fiscal aid to state, local, and tribal governments.

Launched the People First Economy campaign, Arizona’s first multi-year multi-issue proactive revenue campaign, in collaboration with Arizona Center for Empowerment (ACE) and the One Arizona coalition.

Creating an Arizona where all children thrive.



Arizonans voted to increase funding for public schools by more than $900 million annually



CARES Act funding directed to keep early childhood care and education intact throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.



CARES Act funding directed to the Department of Child Safety for eviction prevention assistance for transition-age foster youth and kinship families.



Former foster youth have continuous and uninterrupted health care coverage to age 26.

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Our vision

An Arizona where all children and families thrive.

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Our mission

Children’s Action Alliance is an independent voice that identifies and eliminates barriers to the well-being of children and families and creates opportunities through partnerships and policy solutions.

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Children’s Action Alliance is committed to living our values in all the actions we take and decisions we make, ensuring data and facts play a central role. ​We hold ourselves accountable to these commitments for the children, youth, families, and communities we work alongside.

2020 Financials

2020 Outreach Numbers


Increase in Facebook Impressions from 2019

Totaling 2,023,271


Increase in Twitter Impressions from 2019

Totaling 484,267.
(Children's Action Alliance and The Arizona Center for Economic Progress combined.)


Policy Reports & Issue Briefs

In addition to 60 Legislative District Profiles.


Advocacy letters, press releases, blogs, and e-news


Thank you for supporting Arizona children and families.

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