Tag: Children’s Action Alliance

Children’s Action Alliance — Annie E. Casey Foundation Data Snapshot: Slow, Uneven Improvement in Children Living in Poverty

| September 24, 2019
Children’s Action Alliance — Annie E. Casey Foundation Data Snapshot: Slow, Uneven Improvement in Children Living in Poverty

A new five-year data snapshot from the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds that Arizona is tied for fifth highest in the nation in the percentage of children living in concentrated poverty. While Arizona’s percentage of kids living in concentrated poverty dropped slightly, one in five kids in our state still lives in poor neighborhoods, with children of color and children in rural Arizona far more likely to live in areas of concentrated poverty.

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Children’s Action Alliance — A Look at DCS at Five Years Old

| August 20, 2019
Children’s Action Alliance — A Look at DCS at Five Years Old

By Children’s Action Alliance (CAA) The Department of Child Safety (DCS) was created in June 2014 with the intent to dramatically improve the state’s response when child abuse and neglect is reported. At five years old, progress has certainly been made, however, challenges are constant and plans and opportunities to improve operations are abundant.  As we begin […]

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Commentary: Will You Join Me to Honor Dana and Support Children’s Action Alliance?

| August 5, 2019
Commentary: Will You Join Me to Honor Dana and Support Children’s Action Alliance?

After 27 years at Children’s Action Alliance, Dana Wolfe Naimark will step down at the end of this month, leaving a strong organization ready for its next steps. … I can think of no better way to honor Dana’s achievements than to declare our resolve to improve health, education, and security for all of Arizona’s children.

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Children’s Action Alliance update — Great News on the Child Care Front

| June 24, 2019
Children’s Action Alliance update — Great News on the Child Care Front

Great news for Arizona children and families!  As a part of the state budget recently passed, the legislature finally granted the Department of Economic Security (DES) the authority to expend $56 million in new annual federal child care money.  

DES moved at lightning speed to begin using these new dollars to increase scholarship rates and to serve more children. Thank you to all the parents, champions, and partners who called for investment of these funds in these three changes:    

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#RedForEd redux? Arizona’s teachers, lawmakers fighting similar battles as in West Virginia. See more state education news here

| February 26, 2019
#RedForEd redux? Arizona’s teachers, lawmakers fighting similar battles as in West Virginia. See more state education news here

Teachers in West Virginia walked out of their classrooms last year and rushed their state’s Capitol.

Arizona teachers followed on their heels, walking out last spring over meager paychecks and thinned classroom funding.

As West Virginia lawmakers considered a voucher-style program this year; so did Arizona lawmakers.

And with tension growing in West Virginia over legislation educators believe to be retaliation for last year’s #RedForEd walkout, tension over similar proposals in Arizona is flaring, too.

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House panel OKs asking Arizona voters to increase sales tax to pay for education. See more state education news here

| February 19, 2019
House panel OKs asking Arizona voters to increase sales tax to pay for education. See more state education news here

A House panel voted (Feb. 18) to ask voters to increase what they pay in sales taxes to fund public education.

The proposal would put a measure on the 2020 ballot to boost the current 0.6-of-a-cent sales tax earmarked for schools to a full penny.

That would bring in an extra $450 million to $500 million a year, with 75 percent earmarked for K-12 education, 20 percent to keep tuition affordable at public universities and the balance for community colleges.

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11 education bills to watch at the Arizona Capitol. See more state education news here

| February 12, 2019
11 education bills to watch at the Arizona Capitol. See more state education news here

Almost a year after the #RedForEd walkout, state lawmakers continue to face immense pressure from educators and parents to improve Arizona’s public schools. …

Legislators spent the first month of this year’s session introducing a flurry of education bills. Many won’t make it to even the first step toward becoming law — a public committee hearing and vote. 

But some have.

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Arizona Superintendent Kathy Hoffman talks ‘dream come true’ as she heads into office. See more state education news here

| January 29, 2019
Arizona Superintendent Kathy Hoffman talks ‘dream come true’ as she heads into office. See more state education news here

The oath has been taken, the official photo is up, now it is time to get to work for Arizona’s new Superintendent of Public Instruction, Kathy Hoffman. The former teacher and speech therapist admits it is still sinking in.

“To really have my vision come to reality and to be getting to work on the issues I really care about has just been like a dream come true,” Hoffman told me.

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Which Are the Best Toys for Young Kids?

| December 16, 2018
Which Are the Best Toys for Young Kids?

Which are the best toys for the child on your gift list this year – is it the latest version of iTablet with splashy, vibrant colors costing hundreds of dollars or wooden blocks and coloring books that may cost under $20?

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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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