Tag: Children’s Action Alliance

Children’s Action Alliance — Foster Youth Need Stimulus Payments Too

| April 20, 2021
Children’s Action Alliance — Foster Youth Need Stimulus Payments Too

“It’s not controversial. Give young people the cash and trust them to make the decisions they need to make for their lives and their priorities. That’s my message,” said Aysha Schomburg, the Biden Administration’s top child welfare official during a town hall hosted by the national nonprofit Think of Us last week. Schomburg was responding to questions about the slow pace many states are taking to distribute $400 million in federal funds to foster youth. Those funds, allocated through the Consolidated Appropriations Act, are directed toward COVID relief for older and former foster youth, a population pushed even closer to the financial edge by the pandemic.

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AZCenter + CAA — We’re Hiring!

| April 20, 2021
AZCenter + CAA — We’re Hiring!

The Arizona Center for Economic Progress and Children’s Action Alliance are hiring! The Arizona Center for Economic Progress seeks a new Executive Director with the vision and skills to continue the growth of the AZCenter as a trusted source of information, an influential mover of policy, and as an agent of transformational change for traditionally marginalized populations. Among the skills the ideal candidate will have are the political savvy and strategic thinking to successfully advance policy solutions in a nonpartisan manner to build thriving communities and better economic opportunities for all Arizonans.

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Children’s Action Alliance — Federal Funding could help looming workforce shortage crisis in child care

| April 13, 2021
Children’s Action Alliance — Federal Funding could help looming workforce shortage crisis in child care

In mid-March, Congress passed the American Recovery Act (ARA).  The legislation was the latest in a string of COVID relief bills intended to assist families, businesses, and communities through the pandemic.  The Act set aside $39 billion to help the child care system which has struggled to remain afloat for the past year. The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) recently released its estimates for how much child care funding will come to each state to help the damaged child care system. Arizona’s share is expected to be just under $1 billion.  The full estimates are included HERE.  

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Children’s Action Alliance — Announcing David Lujan, President and CEO

| April 13, 2021
Children’s Action Alliance — Announcing David Lujan, President and CEO

On behalf of the board of directors, I am pleased to announce David Lujan as President and CEO of Children’s Action Alliance. Since January, David has led CAA through the development of a new three-year strategic plan, and a theory of change that focuses on equity as the foundation on which CAA will help build an Arizona where all children and families thrive.

David joined CAA in 2016, as the inaugural director of The Arizona Center for Economic Progress to advance policies that create fairer tax codes that raise the revenue needed for an economy that puts people first, builds thriving communities, and better economic opportunities for all Arizonans. Before joining CAA, David has worked in public policy in Arizona for over 20 years in several roles including a former member of the state Senate and House of Representatives, as an attorney for a nonprofit assisting abused and neglected children, and as an assistant attorney general advising the School Facilities Board.

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Children’s Action Alliance — Children need more than masks to protect their futures

| March 30, 2021
Children’s Action Alliance — Children need more than masks to protect their futures

This past year has been unimaginable for many Arizona families. With shelter-in-place mandates, homes became classrooms, gyms, offices, and the only hub for social connections. And for children who do not have the resources for remote learning, nutritional meals to stay healthy, and affordable health care during the coronavirus crisis, this past year has been a never-ending nightmare. The pandemic has had a devastating impact on children and families, especially for foster youth and kinship families who were at the brink prior to the health crisis and economic downturn.       

With fewer positive COVID cases and with more people getting vaccinated, it feels like things are starting to pivot to normalcy. But returning to normal will not be enough. Advocating for children’s futures is more important now than ever before. This Arizona Gives Day on Tuesday, April 6, plan to invest in children’s futures with a donation to the state’s only child advocacy organization that keeps elected officials accountable before, during and after legislative session.

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Children’s Action Alliance — State Lawmakers Should Expand KidsCare Eligibility ASAP

| March 23, 2021
Children’s Action Alliance — State Lawmakers Should Expand KidsCare Eligibility ASAP

A year into a pandemic that has claimed the lives of more than 16,000 Arizonans, the state legislature has repeatedly declined the opportunity to provide low-cost, comprehensive health coverage to tens of thousands of children. CAA’s new fact sheet explores why this measure is so important – and how many children would benefit.  

In 2019, Arizona ranked 48th in the US for the rate of children’s health coverage. Latinx, American Indian, and Asian/Pacific Islander children are more likely to be uninsured than their peers of other races and ethnicities, and coverage gains for children of color facilitated by the Affordable Care Act have been eroded significantly over the past four years.  

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Children’s Action Alliance — Last Week, a Good Week Indeed. American Rescue Plan Signed into Law

| March 16, 2021
Children’s Action Alliance — Last Week, a Good Week Indeed. American Rescue Plan Signed into Law

  Hello, The American Rescue Plan passed by Congress and signed by President Biden last week is a major victory for Arizona children and families. According to data released by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the expansion of the child tax credit alone will lift 112,000 Arizona children above the poverty line and […]

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Pandemic reveals need for direct financial support of former foster youth

| March 9, 2021
Pandemic reveals need for direct financial support of former foster youth

Last week, Arizona’s Department of Child Safety was awarded nearly $10.5M in federal funding to provide much needed and long-awaited pandemic relief to older and former foster youth up to age 27. These supplemental funds were provided by the Supporting Foster Youth and Families Through the Pandemic Act, passed late last year as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, and are the result of advocacy by young people from across the country who lobbied Congress to provide direct financial assistance to youth with experience in foster care—most of whom have been left out of prior stimulus measures. While not new, hastened by the pandemic, the concept of providing direct, no-strings-attached cash payments to young adults who have aged out of foster care is taking root.   

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Children’s Action Alliance — Essential workers making poverty wages

| March 2, 2021
Children’s Action Alliance — Essential workers making poverty wages

While the state of Arizona is making strides toward increasing teacher pay, one group has been noticeably left behind, early childhood educators. A new report out by the Berkeley Center for the Study of Child Care Employment highlights that early childhood educators in Arizona are still lagging far behind. The field is largely made up of women and often women of color, and despite the fact that we ask them to provide care to our most vulnerable citizens, they often make poverty wages. During the COVID pandemic, it has become clear that child care is an essential service, yet the policy response at the state and federal level has largely ignored the educators themselves. Unfortunately, this was an existing problem that has only been made worse in the last 12 months. According to the report “The burden of school closures and parents continuing to work falls on child care providers. We need to be properly recognized through appropriate funding, PPE, and support systems. The government is largely ignoring the particularly unique burden that is put on child care during this pandemic.” 

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Children’s Action Alliance — Healthcare.gov will re-open for a special enrollment period

| February 9, 2021
Children’s Action Alliance — Healthcare.gov will re-open for a special enrollment period

The Biden administration has announced that it will reopen the federal ACA Marketplace for a special enrollment period in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. From February 15 to May 15, Arizonans will be able to shop for affordable, comprehensive health insurance coverage at healthcare.gov.  

The Affordable Care Act Marketplace (or “exchange”) serves as a critical source of health coverage for Arizona families. In 2020, over 153,000 Arizonans enrolled in health care through the Marketplace.  

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