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Children entering foster care may be better served at home
June 23rd 2014

Too many children enter foster care for a very short period of time.  Removal from the home and placement in foster care can be a traumatic experience for a child, and the state is looking at ways to serve these children in their homes.  Nearly one third (30 percent) of children who enter Arkansas's foster...

What's so special about special revenues?
June 16th 2014

Special revenue collections are a major source of revenue for the Arkansas budget, totaling $1.8 billion in FY2013. However, they are often left out of the budget spotlight because the ways in which these funds are spent have already been determined. A new report by AACF says the taxes that make up special revenues can be...

Covering the bases on Common Core
May 22nd 2014

Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families (AACF) is releasing three documents aimed at helping low-income parents understand Common Core State Standards (Common Core). The documents are written in family-friendly language that is more easily understood by non-education professionals. One of our partner organizations in this work, the Arkansas Public Policy Panel, will be using the materials in...

25,000 Arkansas kids have new health coverage
May 1st 2014

Since last fall, nearly 25,000 children now have health coverage through ARKids First, Medicaid, or private insurance - a dramatic increase. The bump in the number of children with insurance is a direct result of Arkansas's bipartisan Private Option and enrollment in Marketplace plans through the Affordable Care Act. Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families (AACF)...

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Poverty guidelines are out of date
Poverty guidelines play two important roles, they are a scorecard for how we are doing as a state, and they help determine...


Investments in health and education paying off for Arkansas kids
Arkansas made gains in health coverage and education over the last year, but the child poverty rate went up to 29 percent....


New report confirms AACF findings on school discipline
The *Office of Education Policy* (OEP) at the University of Arkansas shared a new report on school discipline with the State Board...


Accounting year ends in surplus
June closed out this fiscal year with net general revenues of $539 million for the month (-1.4 percent less than last year)...


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