News

Thank you to Governor Ducey

For months, the early childhood community has experienced a workforce shortage crisis, and as more Arizonans return to work, it has been a challenge for child care providers to hire enough staff. For health and safety reasons, child care providers must maintain strict child-to-staff ratios, and with no new staff onboard, many have had to turn away parents seeking care for their children.

But help is now on the way!

On Friday, to coincide with Child Care Provider Appreciation Day, Governor Ducey and DES announced the release of $9M in remaining CARES Act funds for the Child Care Workforce Retention and Recruitment Grant program. These grant funds can be used for salaries and benefits for employees or bonus incentives for hiring and retention. Child care group homes and family child care homes without staff may utilize funds for a variety of expenses including licensing fees, liability insurance, tuition and registration relief for families, lease and mortgage payments, utilities, classroom materials, and supplies. Also, providers will receive additional supports and training on improving business practices that will help save time, money, and improve the quality of the services they deliver.

Special thanks to Governor Ducey for making these funds available. While the program will not completely solve the crisis we currently face, it is an important first step to assuring a competent, highly skilled workforce to care for our children.

More information about the grant program.

More News

15,000 Arizona kids gained health coverage during the pandemic – but we’ve still got work to do.

Health insurance is a long-term investment for children. It helps families get the care they need, when they need it, without fear of expensive health bills. And it helps kids learn, grow, and play at their best.   Racial and ethnic disparities in coverage rates persist, but a new report by Georgetown…

News

National academic progress report is out - See how AZ students performed

As expected, the COVID pandemic had a significant impact on our nation’s children.  The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) recent report shows students’ NAEP scores have decreased in math and reading competency.  Although Arizona students fared better overall than most...

News

The Importance of Federal Spending for Children

A new report released last week underscores the importance of federal investments on issues that impact children and families. It is often said that your priorities are reflected in where you spend your money, and it seems children are. An afterthought when budgets are created. The 2022 Children’s...