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.”
President and CEO
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An Arizona where all children and families thrive.
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.
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 Outreach Numbers
Increase in Facebook Impressions from 2019
Increase in Twitter Impressions from 2019
(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