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Common Core in Arkansas, illustrated
August 11th 2014

All you need to know about Common Core in Arkansas, in one easy-to-understand infographic. 

2014 Voter's Guide: Questions to ask about the issues that matter
July 29th 2014

Kids can't vote and don't write checks to campaigns, but they are still affected by decisions made by elected officials. Today's candidates, if elected, will cast votes that will shape the well-being and opportunities available to Arkansas children. You have the opportunity to be their voice.

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 care system stay for one month or less, according to a new report by Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families (AACF). That number is six times the national average. 

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.

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 meetings with parent groups in small communities around the state. 

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) held a press conference this morning to talk about this great achievement.

Youth detention is not always the answer
April 11th 2014

Youth detention must be utilized carefully to make sure low-level, non-violent youthful offenders do not move deeper into the criminal justice system. A new report by Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families says juvenile detention - the short-term involuntary holding of juveniles - is often the gateway to longer-term incarceration and must be used thoughtfully.  

Children of color facing barriers to success in Arkansas
April 4th 2014

A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows Arkansas has a lot of ground to cover to ensure that all kids - especially children of color - are positioned to thrive. Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children, shows how children are progressing on key issues across racial and ethnic groups at the national level and in Arkansas.

Only 20 days left to enroll in Health Marketplace
March 12th 2014

Arkansans without health insurance should check this out -- health insurance may be more affordable than you think. Arkansas Surgeon General, Dr. Joe Thompson, provides information about how Arkansans can sign up for health insurance either through the Health Care Independence Program, also called the Private Option, or through the new Health Insurance Marketplace.

Inequality in Arkansas needs a tune up!
March 11th 2014

AACF has released a new infographic to help visualize the growing disparity between the wealthiest Arkansans and those at the bottom of the economic ladder.

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