New Audit Finds Good Performance by State’s Early Childhood Program Agency

| September 12, 2016

Children’s Action Alliance:
Late last month, the Arizona Auditor General’s office released its long awaited audit of First Things First, Arizona’s Early Childhood Development and Health Board. The audit was authorized nearly a year ago by the Joint Legislative Audit Committee and was extensive in nature taking a look at everything from financial practices to performance accountability for grantees. Overall, the agency performed well with no findings or recommended changes in five of the seven areas reviewed by the audit team.

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The report notes that “FTF has taken steps to manage its declining tobacco tax revenues and strategically plan for its future” and goes to great length to outline those efforts. They’ve additionally found that the agency is indeed expending its funds to implement policies and programs in accordance with the original intent of the statute approved by voters.This detailed report of the agency is helpful for both community partners and policy makers and should help to answer most of the recurring questions raised at the Capitol. With these concerns addressed, we look forward to building upon the progress that has been made to develop a seamless early childhood system that helps children entering Kindergarten be prepared to succeed in school and in life.

The executive summary of the report can be found here.

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