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Kathryn Hazelett to join AACF

AACF is excited to announce that Kathryn Hazelett will join our staff as our new education policy director. Kathryn has a history of working toward positive policy changes that benefit Arkansas’s children and families. She is passionate about education and it...

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Being smart about tax cuts

Sales taxes are hardest on low-income people in Arkansas, but cutting them would be an expensive and inefficient way of addressing that problem. The cheapest way to help low-income Arkansans who are most affected by sales tax is with Earned Income...

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Let’s end solitary confinement of youth

Solitary confinement can cause extreme psychological, physical, and developmental harm. For children, who are still developing and more vulnerable to irreparable harm, the risks are magnified – particularly for kids with disabilities or histories of trauma and abuse. While...

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Study shows uninsured kids still at record low

Arkansas has made major gains improving children’s access to health coverage, according to the annual Kids Count Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.  With only six percent of children in the state uninsured, we are just below...

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Data Book shows need for pre-K funding boost

Arkansas is slipping when it comes to pre-K education. Every year, the Annie E. Casey Foundation releases the Kids Count Data Book, featuring new numbers on the well-being of children in Arkansas. Over the past year, we’ve seen a...

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The cost of an unpredictable work schedule

Low-income workers, especially women, are more likely to work jobs with unpredictable schedules. The percent of Arkansas kids whose parents do not have full-time, year-round employment has gone down overall since 2011, but it is still above pre-recession levels. This...

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Top Ten Principles for Health Reform in Arkansas

Act 96 of 2015 created the Health Care Reform Legislative Task Force in Arkansas. This task force will determine the future of the Private Option and the Medicaid program. The following principles should guide policymakers as they consider ways...