Tag: Children’s Action Alliance

Children’s Action Alliance — National survey shows overwhelming support for investment in high-quality early childhood education

| November 24, 2020
Children’s Action Alliance — National survey shows overwhelming support for investment in high-quality early childhood education

Recent national surveys have shown, in contrast to many other issues for which voters are divided, support remains overwhelming for state investment in high-quality early childhood education. Seventy-six percent of likely Arizona voters said they support the state investing in high-quality, early childhood education opportunities for children from birth to five years old, according to a newly released survey completed by Moore Information Group. 

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Children’s Action Alliance — Economic Stress: COVID-19’s Real Threat to Child Safety and Well-being

| November 24, 2020
Children’s Action Alliance — Economic Stress: COVID-19’s Real Threat to Child Safety and Well-being

With stay-at-home orders in place and schools largely shuttered since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many in the child welfare community are concerned about undetected child maltreatment due to a lack of mandated reporter eyes on children. Many are also bracing for a surge in reports to the DCS hotline once schools fully re-open that could overwhelm Arizona’s child welfare system. However, recent research from Chapin Hall finds that a surge in child maltreatment reports is unlikely and concludes that the real threat to child safety from COVID-19 is not the decrease in mandated reporting but the increase in economic stressors. 

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Children’s Action Alliance — The impact of COVID-19 on youth aging out of foster care

| November 3, 2020
Children’s Action Alliance — The impact of COVID-19 on youth aging out of foster care

Fostering Advocates Arizona (FAAZ), a group of young leaders with lived experience in the child welfare system, conducted two surveys during the pandemic: one of foster and former foster youth ages 14 to 26 and one of adult providers and allies.

Some of the results:

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Children’s Action Alliance — KIDS COUNT Data Book is the only source to focus on statewide trends about Arizona’s children

| October 20, 2020
Children’s Action Alliance — KIDS COUNT Data Book is the only source to focus on statewide trends about Arizona’s children

Children’s Action Alliance (CAA) is proud to present the 2020 Arizona KIDS COUNT Data Book—the only biennial source to focus on statewide trends about Arizona’s children. Thanks to the support of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, this powerful resource helps inform decision-makers and stakeholders about the economic, social, and physical well-being of children and their families throughout the state. In addition to the Data Book, statewide and county indicators can be found on our new and updated website – along with other resources, toolkits, and information on how to advocate for children and families. 

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Newly released census data show rate of uninsured children increased in 2019

| October 13, 2020
Newly released census data show rate of uninsured children increased in 2019

Newly released data from the US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) show more Arizona children became uninsured 2019. These losses are likely associated with policy decisions and funding cuts that deter families from accessing care and undermine our public health care systems. As a result, Black, indigenous, and children of color are losing health coverage at an alarming rate.

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Children’s Action Alliance — Child Care is an Essential Service

| October 6, 2020
Children’s Action Alliance — Child Care is an Essential Service

A new poll released last week by the First Five Years Fund, confirms that now more than ever Americans view child care as an essential service on par with health care and education. The early childhood community was hit hard by the challenges the COVID-19 pandemic created. Many programs closed, some permanently, due to decreased attendance, higher costs, and worry over health and safety. These closures only exacerbated an existing lack of quality child care in underserved communities across Arizona. Now, as the country begins to re-open, there are fears that many more people will not have a safe, reliable place for their children to go for care.  

The nation’s child care crisis has impacted the views of voters of every ideological background, signaling to lawmakers that supporting early learning and care still is a rare unifying issue that comes with little political downside. In battleground states with tight Senate races, including Arizona, 83 percent of voters say that candidates for office at all levels should have plans and policies to help working parents afford high-quality child care.

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Children’s Action Alliance — The Time is Now for Arizona to Reimagine an Equitable Child Welfare System that Supports Children within their Families and Communities

| September 22, 2020
Children’s Action Alliance — The Time is Now for Arizona to Reimagine an Equitable Child Welfare System that Supports Children within their Families and Communities

The disproportionate impact of COVID-19 and the current manifestations of the nation’s troubled history of systemic racism has sparked outcries to not just reform, but to reimagine the criminal justice, health care, and education systems. Those same calls are also being heard in the child welfare community. These efforts center around supporting children within their families and communities to prevent child maltreatment as well as the compounding trauma and negative outcomes that stem from family separation when a child enters foster care.  

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Children’s Action Alliance — Governor Ducey’s Plan to Fight the Flu during COVID-19

| September 1, 2020
Children’s Action Alliance — Governor Ducey’s Plan to Fight the Flu during COVID-19

(On Aug.31), Governor Ducey and the Arizona Department of Health Services announced a comprehensive vaccine distribution plan to curb the spread of the flu this fall and winter. Children’s Action Alliance applauds the Governor’s effort to provide this lifesaving vaccine to everyone, regardless of immigration status or income. The COVID-19 pandemic has placed an unprecedented strain on Arizona’s hospital and health care systems. A major flu outbreak could force the health care system to fight a war on two fronts. 

Influenza is one of the top ten leading causes of death in Arizona. Each year, an average of 700 people die due to the flu in our state, and young children and American Indian / Alaska Native individuals are at a particularly high risk of complications from the virus.

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Children’s Action Alliance — Governor Ducey Announces Program To Help #saveazchildcare

| August 18, 2020
Children’s Action Alliance — Governor Ducey Announces Program To Help #saveazchildcare

Great news for Arizona’s child care system and the children and families they serve. After a collaborative effort with early childhood stakeholders and advocates, the Governor’s Office and the Department of Economic Security announced the Child Care COVID-19 Grant Program on Thursday, August 13. Using funding from the federal CARES Act, the program helps child care providers cover costs during the COVID-19 state of emergency.  The goal of the program is to help child care providers with operational costs to safely remain open or reopen in order to provide child care to Arizona’s families.

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Children’s Action Alliance opinion — State Lawmakers Must Act Soon to Save the Child Care Sector

| August 4, 2020
Children’s Action Alliance opinion — State Lawmakers Must Act Soon to Save the Child Care Sector

The ongoing COVID-19 crisis is threatening to put the majority of Arizona’s child care providers out of business. Approximately 50 percent of programs across the state are at least temporarily closed. Centers that are open serve considerably less children than before the crisis. A recent survey of Arizona providers showed that the number of children attending most programs has been cut in half. These programs may be serving less children, due to the health and safety guidelines put forth by state and local health departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

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