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Children’s Action Alliance (CAA) seeks to influence policies and decisions affecting the lives of Arizona children and their families. Their research, publications, media campaigns, and advocacy are aimed at a future where: all children have health insurance, a place to call home, enter school ready to learn and succeed, and no child is raised in poverty, hungry, or abused or neglected.

State Allies:

Children's Action Alliance • Phoenix, AZ
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Top Priorities for 2021

Secure the expenditure authority from the legislature to expend $88M in CARES Act funding to maintain vital child care infrastructure.

Direct state and federal child care funding to establish a package of supports intended to keep existing child care programs operational.

Fight to maintain existing state investments in vital early childhood programs like Healthy Families, Early Intervention, and school district literacy grants.

Fight attempts to divert state investments in preschool to online preschool programs.

Secure a $20M state general fund investment for quality preschool programs to replace lost Preschool Development Grant slots.

Arizona’s 2020 Early Childhood Policy Landscape and Progress:

$11.65BB STATE BUDGET
Estimated FY20 State General Fund Expenditures

ALIGNED GOVERNMENT
House (R), Senate (R)
Governor (R)

45% LOW-INCOME
348,347 Young Children (0-8) are Below 200% FPL

The Arizona session began with great promise. Most priority legislation was moving along with bipartisan support. Then COVID-19 hit, and the session came to a halt in mid-March, effectively killing all remaining bills. The absence of the legislature left the bulk of COVID-19 federal relief under the control of the governor. The focus of the Children’s Action Alliance shifted to the emergency response to COVID-19 with an immediate focus on ensuring that essential workers had safe, consistent child care.

*Early childhood policy progress in a state is the result of numerous efforts — by those listed on this page and many others — who worked both independently and collaboratively to achieve wins for young children.

Download the full 50-State report.

The Alliance for Early Success 2020 50-State Progress Report on Early Childhood Policy expands state data (disaggregating low-income young children by race) and provides high-level state policy trend analysis for the nation as a whole. Click the cover to go to the download page.

State Budget Data: National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO), “Table 4: Fiscal 2020 State General Fund, Estimated (Millions); The Fiscal Survey of the States.” Spring, 2020
Low-Income Data (including disaggregation by race): National Center for Children in Poverty, “NCCP Analysis of ACS 1-year Estimates—Public Use Microdata Sample, 2019.” 
State Action Data: Provided by state advocates, October-November 2020, with analysis and synthesis by Frontera Strategy for Alliance for Early Success, “Protecting Progress and Investing in Scale: The 2020 50-State Progress Report on Early Childhood Education Policy.” 
Additional State Actions: Early Care and Education, State Budget Actions, Fiscal Year 2020. National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), October 2020. 
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

Technical Support from National Expertise

Rapid Response Support

Connections/Access to Allies in Similar States

Roles in National Communities of Practice