Tag: Children’s Action Alliance

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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Children’s Action Alliance opinion — Immigrant Families Should Not Be Excluded From COVID-19 Response

| July 14, 2020
Children’s Action Alliance opinion — Immigrant Families Should Not Be Excluded From COVID-19 Response

This moment makes it clear that each and every person’s health and well-being is intertwined. Yet, the policy response to the COVID-19 pandemic has explicitly left many immigrant families out. This is particularly troubling in Arizona where more than one in four children are growing up in an immigrant household. Immigrant households are heavily represented in front-line essential jobs and nearly 16 percent of small businesses are owned by a foreign-born Arizonan.

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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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