Tag: Annie E. Casey Foundation

United Way of Northern Arizona — 2 New Reports Show How Far We Need to Go

| July 20, 2021
United Way of Northern Arizona — 2 New Reports Show How Far We Need to Go

A pair of recently released reports illustrate how far our region and state have to go to provide better outcomes for our children and youth – and how the pandemic has complicated those efforts.
According to the 2021 Kids Count Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Arizona was slowly making improvements in multiple areas for children. The state is consistently in the bottom 25% for overall rankings, but had shown gains in 2019 in both the economic well-being of children and with more elementary and middle school students meeting math and reading proficiency levels.
And then COVID hit.

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Data analysis shows low investment in kids futures across Arizona. See more state education and legislative news here

| June 29, 2021
Data analysis shows low investment in kids futures across Arizona. See more state education and legislative news here

Documenting how many kids lack health insurance, live in poverty or go without preschool is what the annual Kids Count Data National Data Book is all about, and in their analysis of 2019, Arizona didn’t fare well, as usual.

The report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation looks at children’s health, education, economic status and their families. The state rank 40th across the country when all these factors were compared.

“It’s more disappointing that Arizona continues to be among the bottom in the country in terms of child wellbeing,” said David Lujan, the president and CEO of the Children’s Action Alliance, when asked if the 2019 data surprised him. The alliance is an organization that advocates for children at the state and federal level.

He said for the last 20 years, Arizona has continuously ranked low across the different categories.

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Action & Outreach Spotlight: The Promise of Adolescence: Realizing Opportunity for All Youth. See related news here

| August 19, 2019
Action & Outreach Spotlight: The Promise of Adolescence: Realizing Opportunity for All Youth. See related news here

Are youth-serving institutions designed to support adolescents for success as adults? A comprehensive report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine says no, documenting an extensive body of research on the importance of adolescent brain development and finding that systems from education to child welfare are ill-equipped to provide what teenagers and young adults need.

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Children’s Action Alliance shares new report — ‘Keeping Kids in Families: Trends in U.S. Foster Care Placement’

| April 8, 2019
Children’s Action Alliance shares new report — ‘Keeping Kids in Families: Trends in U.S. Foster Care Placement’

A new data snapshot from the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds more children are being placed with foster families nationwide, as opposed to group homes, but that placement of teens with families is slower to catch up to the trend. Research confirms that children in the foster care system have better outcomes when they live with families.  

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Arizona youth aging out of foster care missing out on services

| November 20, 2018
Arizona youth aging out of foster care missing out on services

Numerous services are available to young people aging out of foster care in Arizona, but only a fraction of the intended recipients are taking advantage.

A new brief from the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds only 25 percent of youth who aged out of foster care take advantage of services offered such as money to cover housing and college tuition.

Other services available include being connected to a case work. They can also get help enrolling in college, applying for a job, getting a state ID and opening a bank account.

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Report: AZ Kids Need Support as They Age Out of Foster Care

| November 15, 2018
Report: AZ Kids Need Support as They Age Out of Foster Care

A study out this week looks at challenges faced by foster children in Arizona and across the country, when they turn 18 and “age out” of the system.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation data found that overall, young people transitioning from foster care are falling behind others in completing high school, finding jobs and acquiring basic life skills.

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Kids Count report: AZ ranks 46th in U.S. in child education, health and family

| June 14, 2017
Kids Count report: AZ ranks 46th in U.S. in child education, health and family

Arizona ranks among the five worst states for children’s well being in education, health, economics and family and community matters, according to the Kids Count annual report.

Arizona was ranked 46th in the country, the Kids Count report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation says.

Nearly 400,000 Arizona children live in “high-poverty” areas. And six out of ten of Arizona’s three- to four-year-olds are not in preschool, with a child psychologist saying that means their learning is delayed.

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Preventing Problems Before They Start

| April 25, 2016
Preventing Problems Before They Start

In a new webinar series hosted by the Forum for Youth Investment, the Annie E. Casey Foundation will share tools and strategies developed as part of its Evidence2Success framework…

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Why aren’t Arizona fourth-graders learning to read?

| August 5, 2015
Why aren’t Arizona fourth-graders learning to read?

By Elizabeth Stuart • Phoenix New Times Seventy-two percent of Arizona fourth-graders can’t read proficiently, according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation — nearly 10 percent worse than the national average. Mastering reading by fourth grade is critical because at this age children begin reading to learn other subjects, such as social studies, science, […]

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Investments in kids down more than 9%: Children’s Budget 2015

| June 29, 2015
Investments in kids down more than 9%: Children’s Budget 2015

Children’s Budget 2015 offers a detailed guide to federal spending on children and serves as an invaluable resource for those seeking to improve the lives of America’s youth:

7.9 percent of the 2015 federal budget is invested in children;
Overall federal spending on children has declined 9.4 percent (adjusting for inflation) from 2011 to 2015, a higher rate than overall spending cuts of 4 percent.

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