In 2019, Children’s Action Alliance helped the state achieve several victories for children, including protection of SCHIP and earmarking additional block-grant funds for increased child-care reimbursement rates.


State Allies:

Children's Action Alliance • Phoenix, AZ
Top Priorities for 2020

General Fund appropriation for child care assistance

General Fund appropriation for Healthy Families Home Visitation Program

Fight attempts to divert preschool money to online preschool programs

In 2019, Arizona began requiring that at least half—$56 million—of the Child Care and Development Block Grant go toward an increase in reimbursement rates, and that’s not all. 

  • Protected the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) by emphasizing the importance of its funding in the state budget. 
  • Successfully advocated to eliminate the waiting list for child care assistance and increased child care reimbursement rates for the first time in over a decade.
  • Advocated for Arizona to require criminal background checks for persons in direct care of individuals with intellectual disabilities and to begin authorizing the Department of Child Safety to enter into agreements with other state agencies to conduct background checks.

The Alliance for Early Success is achieving large-scale, long-lasting change for the state’s young children by providing our allies with powerful advantages that help them shape Arizona early childhood state policy.

  • Strategic, Outcomes-Focused Investments
  • Consulting and Strategy
  • Direct Access to National Expertise
  • Rapid Response Support
  • Connections/Access to Allies in Similar States
  • Roles in National Communities of Practice