Tag: Children’s Action Alliance

Arizona Center for Economic Progress + Children’s Action Alliance — Proposition 132 is a Dangerous Power-Grab That Will End Majority Rule in Arizona

Arizona Center for Economic Progress + Children’s Action Alliance — Proposition 132 is a Dangerous Power-Grab That Will End Majority Rule in Arizona

| October 4, 2022

The Arizona Center for Economic Progress and Children’s Action Alliance urges voters to reject Proposition 132 by voting NO on this November’s ballot. Proposition 132 is a part of a series of tricks proposed by the Arizona legislature to convince voters to give up their power. Proposition 132 moves the goal post for passing initiatives and referendums from a simple majority to 60 percent, which would severely limit the ability of Arizonans to raise revenue and invest in their future.   

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Children’s Action Alliance — It’s 4 weeks away – Get your tickets now!

Children’s Action Alliance — It’s 4 weeks away – Get your tickets now!

| October 4, 2022

It is often said, children are so resilient. And that could not be truer for the youth and their families in the state. This year, show your support for their well-being and help us celebrate child advocate honorees who have continued to push through adversity to help create an Arizona where all children thrive.

On Tuesday, October 25, join CAA and other supporters like you for Resilience Through the Eyes of a Child, an annual fundraiser to benefit CAA advocacy campaigns. Shawn Pearson, founder of Zion Institute, Senator Lela Alston, and the late Senator Dave Bradley will be honored this year for their commitment to children and families.

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Children’s Action Alliance – Arizona Center for Economic Progress — Save Our Schools AZ – Only one week left to get signatures!

Children’s Action Alliance – Arizona Center for Economic Progress — Save Our Schools AZ – Only one week left to get signatures!

| September 20, 2022

We’re down to the wire to stop another attempt by the legislature to ignore the will of voters. They are again trying to dismantle public education and expand ESA vouchers which YOU have told them repeatedly, you do not support.  

The petitions to stop this ill-advised expansion are due NEXT FRIDAY, Sept. 23rd. We need everyone to get a petition and get 10 signatures in 5 days! You can find petitions at teamsosarizona.com.  You can also find locations to sign a petition if you haven’t already done so.  

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Children’s Action Alliance — We need your help to cut the red tape on KidsCare!

Children’s Action Alliance — We need your help to cut the red tape on KidsCare!

| September 6, 2022

Earlier this year the state legislature approved a bill to support children who participate in KidsCare. By providing a full year of continuous coverage, children will no longer be at risk of losing their health care because of pesky paperwork and red tape.   

Now AHCCCS needs our help to get this change over the finish line!  

It’s important that we go on record to tell our Medicaid agency why these changes are needed and how they will benefit our communities. Comments are due by September 29th to publicinput@azahcccs.gov.  

If you’re not sure where to start, feel free to download and modify our template comments.

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Children’s Action Alliance — Passage of SB 1050 is a First Step in Rethinking Neglect

Children’s Action Alliance — Passage of SB 1050 is a First Step in Rethinking Neglect

| September 6, 2022

Passage of SB 1050 is a First Step in Rethinking Neglect: To prevent child maltreatment, Arizona must rethink both how it defines and responds to neglect. 

By replacing one word, Senate Bill 1050 (Townsend), made a small but significant shift in the way the state defines child neglect. A finding of neglect now requires that the inability or unwillingness of a parent to provide supervision, food, clothing, shelter, or medical care must cause a substantial risk of harm to a child’s health or welfare, rather than merely an unreasonable risk of harm. While the change is subtle and may have limited immediate impact, it is an important recognition that children should not be separated from their parents just because they are poor. Or, at least, a recognition that the time has come for Arizona to rethink the use of foster care as a response to poverty-related child neglect.  

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Children’s Action Alliance – ONLY 3 WEEKS LEFT: Help Save Our Schools Stop Voucher Expansion

Children’s Action Alliance – ONLY 3 WEEKS LEFT: Help Save Our Schools Stop Voucher Expansion

| September 6, 2022

In three weeks, Save Our Schools Arizona turns in signatures to stop yet another universal voucher scheme — they need them back ASAP! 

This year’s ill advised, universal voucher expansion already has 6500+ applicants, the vast majority of which have NEVER stepped foot in a public school. Vouchers have never been about “choice”: it’s about subsidizing private education while defunding public schools. This number will expand dramatically over the next few months if we do not turn in 118,823 valid signatures by Sept. 23 — stripping hundreds of millions from our public school classrooms, teachers, and children.  

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Children’s Action Alliance — AZECA’s Full Partnership Meeting and the Rollout of the New Membership Model

Children’s Action Alliance — AZECA’s Full Partnership Meeting and the Rollout of the New Membership Model

| August 23, 2022

The Arizona Early Childhood Alliance (AZECA) will hold a full partnership meeting on August 29th, 2022 to discuss the roll out of the new membership model and updated website.  

AZECA is an alliance of 50+ cross-sector partners statewide who are working together to give every Arizona child a great start in life. AZECA serves as Arizona’s shared and unified voice on early childhood, providing informed messages and credible resources that help leaders create positive change for Arizona’s children. These efforts are designed to ensure that all Arizona children are prepared for kindergarten and are on track to succeed by the end of third grade.   

Starting in 2023, AZECA’s new membership model will offer partners exciting new benefits including access to the AZECA Children’s Policy Institute and an opportunity to participate in the annual Early Childhood Day at the Capitol lobby event.    

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Children’s Action Alliance — 2022 KidsCount Data Show AZ Children are in Crisis

Children’s Action Alliance — 2022 KidsCount Data Show AZ Children are in Crisis

| August 9, 2022

Children in the United States are experiencing anxiety and depression at alarming rates, per the newly released 2022 KIDS COUNT® Data Book, a 50-state report of recent household data released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.  

In the year before the COVID-19 pandemic, 9% of U.S. high school students attempted suicide. This is alarming on its face – but the Kids Count data also show significant disparities in adolescent suicidality by race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender identity. For example, 12% of Black students, 13% of students of two or more races, 23% of gay, lesbian, or bisexual students, and 26% of American Indian / Native Alaskan students attempted suicide.  
 
The KidsCount Data Book looks at multiple indicators and data sources to rank how children and families are faring in each state. The report ranked Arizona 44th in the nation when it comes to economic well-being, health, and family and community support.  

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Children’s Action Alliance — Happy Birthday to the Children’s Health Insurance Program!

Children’s Action Alliance — Happy Birthday to the Children’s Health Insurance Program!

| August 9, 2022

(Aug. 5) marks a special anniversary: the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is 25 years old. The program, known as “KidsCare” in Arizona, has established itself as a critical federal-state partnership to meet children’s health care needs.  

Arizona hasn’t always embraced the program. In fact, for years Arizona was the only state in the US without an active CHIP. But that doesn’t mean we haven’t reaped its benefits.  

Over the past 25 years, CHIP and Medicaid have sharply reduced the rate of uninsured children—in Arizona, the child uninsured rate dropped from 16% in 2008 to 9% in 2019, despite a lengthy KidsCare enrollment freeze. 

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Children’s Action Alliance — nnual Fundraiser Save the Date: Tuesday, October 25

Children’s Action Alliance — nnual Fundraiser Save the Date: Tuesday, October 25

| August 2, 2022

It is often said, children are so resilient. And that could not be truer for the youth and their families in the state.  This year, show your support for their well-being and help us celebrate child advocate honorees who have continued to push through adversity to help create an Arizona where all children thrive.

On Tuesday, October 25, join CAA and other supporters like you for Resilience Through the Eyes of a Child, an annual fundraiser to benefit CAA advocacy campaigns.  Shawn Pearson, executive director of Black Family & Child Services of Arizona, Senator Lela Alston, and the late Senator Dave Bradley will be honored this year for their commitment to children and families.

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