Tag: Children’s Action Alliance

Children’s Action Alliance 2020 Legislative Candidate Questionnaire

| July 7, 2020
Children’s Action Alliance 2020 Legislative Candidate Questionnaire

Elections have consequences. Perhaps, this year more than any other, this statement rings true. The legislators  we elect  this November will shape Arizona‘s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing economic downturn.  When they take office in January, legislators will have to contend with a budget shortfall currently projected at over $500 million for FY2021. They will also have the opportunity to make policy that addresses structural and systemic racism and pursue a path of racial justice for Arizona’s children.

Children’s Action Alliance is proud to provide non-partisan information to educate voters about children’s health, education, and security and to help you connect with the candidates who share your priorities.

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Children’s Action Alliance — More than 80,000 Latino Children in Arizona are Uninsured

| June 30, 2020
Children’s Action Alliance — More than 80,000 Latino Children in Arizona are Uninsured

UnidosUS and the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families co-released a new report with a discouraging picture of Latino children’s health coverage in Arizona. The new report sends an urgent call to lawmakers to improve access to affordable health coverage for Latino children in our state during the pandemic. According to the CDC, over half of children (53 percent) diagnosed with COVID-19 in the US are Latino.

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Children’s Action Alliance Opinion — Racism Has No Place in a Child’s Life

| June 2, 2020
Children’s Action Alliance Opinion — Racism Has No Place in a Child’s Life

  Children’s Action Alliance (CAA) was formed over thirty years ago with a vision of an Arizona in which all children grow up healthy and safe and ready to succeed. As we reflect on the events of the past few days, we realize we are a far cry from that world. We mourn the tragic […]

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Children’s Action Alliance — Good News! Governor Expands Child Care To More Essential Workers

| May 19, 2020
Children’s Action Alliance — Good News! Governor Expands Child Care To More Essential Workers

Governor Ducey announced (May 14) that the child care centers serving essential workers, known as Arizona Enrichment Centers, will expand to offer prioritized child care to grocery store and food bank employees. Importantly, the Arizona Enrichment Centers offer scholarships to qualified low-income families. CAA has worked tirelessly with early childhood and child care stakeholders to advocate for an expanded definition of essential workers. This is a win for working Arizonans who are on the front lines; putting themselves at risk. Thank you Governor Ducey for your efforts to keep children safe while their parents work to help protect public health during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Children’s Action Alliance announces COVID-19 State Policy Agenda

| May 12, 2020
Children’s Action Alliance announces COVID-19 State Policy Agenda

The Arizona Senate re-convened last Friday (May 8) and notified the House that it plans to adjourn. The House appears to be more divided and has yet to indicate if it will follow suit. Whether the legislature will continue the current session or agree to end session and wait for Ducey to call a special legislative session is very unclear at this point. What is clear to us at Children’s Action Alliance are the critical actions state lawmakers must take to ensure that children and families’ needs are addressed during this crisis.

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KidsCare Premiums Waived During COVID-19 Emergency

| April 2, 2020
KidsCare Premiums Waived During COVID-19 Emergency

Great news! For the duration of the COVID-19 emergency, KidsCare health coverage premiums and any premium balances are waived! Arizona will also stop disenrollment of AHCCCS/Medicaid participants, unless the individual moves out of state or voluntarily opts out of coverage. Participants who were disenrolled during the month of March will have their coverage reinstated for the duration of the emergency.

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Children’s Action Alliance — Resources for Young People with Experience in Foster Care

| March 31, 2020
Children’s Action Alliance — Resources for Young People with Experience in Foster Care

COVID-19 is dramatically disrupting all of our lives, including the lives of over 14,000 children and youth in foster care in Arizona. Many of these young people were already struggling to find a sense of normalcy when COVID-19 pulled the rug out from underneath them again.

As our policymakers both in Washington, D.C. and here in Arizona respond to the novel coronavirus outbreak, Children’s Action Alliance is advocating to ensure that the needs of current and former foster youth are addressed.

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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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