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Arizona Child Advocate: Safety of Kids Needs Full Effort

Arizona Child Advocate: Safety of Kids Needs Full Effort

  Arizona lawmakers and officials need to do much more to ensure the safety of kids in the state and must take major steps to address “systemic risks.”  Those two words were used in a blunt wake-up call of an independent report that examined the effectiveness of the Arizona state Department of Child Safety. State [...]
Child Care Investments Carry Dividends for AllWhen the Great Recession hit California in 2007, state revenues declined sharply, many programs took big hits and the state’s deficit grew. Eight years later, the “wall of debt” has been significantly reduced and tax revenues have increased so significantly that there’s a projected surplus of more than $4 billion. The time has come to [...]
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Early Childhood Education Receives $1 Billion BoostWASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring early childhood education “one of the best investments we can make,” President Barack Obama on Dec. 10 followed up on a promise to expand early education opportunities for tens of thousands of children by announcing $1 billion in public-private spending on programs for young learners. Obama said that less than one-third [...]
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Child Success Hinges on Efforts by All, Report SaysALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Several states in the Deep South and Southwest have earned dismal scores on an annual child welfare index that cited poverty and single-parent house households as worrisome trends that must be turned around for things to improve. Mississippi rated as the worst state for overall child well-being, largely because of rising [...]
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Building Momentum & the Summit on Working FamiliesMeetings about big topics of the day come and go in Washington, D.C. But given that families – especially working families – are so central to community strength across the country, Equal Voice News recently talked with a participant in the White House Summit on Working Families. The gathering was held on June 23. The [...]
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Obama at Summit: U.S. Should Have Paid Maternity LeaveWASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Monday that the United States should join the rest of the industrialized world and offer paid leave for mothers of newborns. “Many women can’t even get a paid day off to give birth — now that’s a pretty low bar,” Obama said at the White House Summit on [...]
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Calif. Mom: Paid Family Leave is Crucial for Loved OnesMy name is Mary Ignatius, and I am the statewide organizer of Parent Voices, a parent-led, parent-run grassroots organization fighting to make quality child care accessible and affordable for all families. I am a parent of a 5-year-old and 9-month-old and as an activist for work family issues. As we approach the 10-year anniversary of [...]
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Remember Kids and Moms, Families Tell Calif. Lawmakers  The month of May was particularly busy for working parents and child care advocates in California and for good reason. With the state’s budget process underway, they traveled to Sacramento with a direct message to lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown: When it comes to state funding, remember low-income mothers and children. On May 20, [...]
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Senate OKs Child Care Bill That Includes Aid, Safety ChecksWASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has passed legislation to require child care providers who care for children from low-income families through a government voucher program to undergo criminal background checks, know first aid and CPR and get other training. The bipartisan legislation, which passed by a 96-2 vote, would also require annual state inspections of [...]
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Child Care Fundraising Sinks in Ky. Over Employment PlanLOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Uncertainty over a short-lived proposal to open employment to gays at Kentucky’s largest private child care agency prompted many of its supportive churches to withhold giving last year, causing a multi-million dollar shortfall. Sunrise Children’s Services depends on giving from Baptist congregations in Kentucky, along with government funding. But Kentucky Baptist [...]
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