Cheers to our Legislative Champions!

After each legislative session, Arkansas Advocates looks back and identifies legislators who stood out as champions for kids. And while there were many legislators who fought to improve the lives of children and families in Arkansas, the ones we...

AACF Weekly Legislative Update Vol. 12

JUVENILE JUSTICE: SB982, “An Act to Improve the Effectiveness of the Juvenile Justice System,” passed both chambers and is off to the governor’s desk. This critical piece of legislation seeks to stop the ineffective and costly practice of incarcerating...

AACF statement on increase in pre-K funding

The following is a statement from Rich Huddleston, executive director of Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families: Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families (AACF) and the Invest Early Coalition would like to thank Governor Hutchinson and the Arkansas General...

AACF Weekly Legislative Update Vol. 11

There was a flurry of activity at the State Capitol this week as the session nears its end. Next week, perhaps the final one of the session, promises to be busy as well. EDUCATION: Earlier this week, the senate...

AACF Weekly Legislative Summary Vol. 10

It’s been hectic at the State Capitol as the session winds down. Here’s what happened this week and a look at what to expect after the weekend. EDUCATION: Pre-K day at the Capitol was a welcome relief from the...

AACF Weekly Legislative Update Vol. 9

EDUCATION: Be sure to join us Tuesday March 17th for Pre-K Day at the Capitol.  It’s going to be a great day with kids everywhere, legislators reading to children, Clifford the Big Red Dog, and lunch with the launch of a...

AACF Weekly Legislative Update Vol. 6

We’ve been sending out weekly legislative updates. You can subscribe to those here. Here’s a rundown of some of the major movements in the state legislature this week. See below for a complete list of bills we’re tracking. Follow...

Robbing Peter to pay Paul

The health and education of Arkansas children are at risk because of a new bill that would redirect billions of future state general revenue dollars that typically funds programs for children and families and put it towards highways and...