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Good News! Governor Expands Child Care To More Essential Workers

Governor Ducey announced yesterday that the child care centers serving essential workers, known as Arizona Enrichment Centers, will expand to offer prioritized child care to grocery store and food bank employees. Importantly, the Arizona Enrichment Centers offer scholarships to qualified low-income families. CAA has worked tirelessly with early childhood and child care stakeholders to advocate for an expanded definition of essential workers. This is a win for working Arizonans who are on the front lines; putting themselves at risk. Thank you Governor Ducey for your efforts to keep children safe while their parents work to help protect public health during the COVID-19 crisis.

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ICYMI: 10,000 MORE Children are KidsCare Eligible!

ICYMI: KidsCare, Arizona’s Children’s Health Insurance Program, is expanding eligibility. By increasing family income limits that qualify for KidsCare, more children can access affordable health care. The expansion was originally approved by the Governor and state legislature with bipartisan...

Our Priority: Child Care Funding Gets a Hearing

This morning, a House Appropriations Subcommittee listened to early childhood advocates discuss the urgent need for state investment in child care. Arizona faces a child care crisis due to a prolonged lack of investment, compounded by the expiration of federal funds that stabilized the system during…

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Support SB 1458 to ensure young foster children are placed with families, not group homes.

Children thrive in families, not institutions. This is especially true for foster children who have experienced trauma. Research provides “strong and conclusive causal evidence that children exposed to early deprivation benefit from high-quality family-based care, and, more broadly, that the nature...