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80,000 Arkansas parents stand to benefit from Medicaid extension
October 24th 2012

80,000 Arkansas parents stand to benefit if the state chooses to extend Medicaid to those who now qualify under the new health care law, a new report from Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families says. That's good news for the state's children, who are more likely to get health coverage if their parents are also enrolled.

October is Arkansas Advocacy and Organizing Month 2012
October 1st 2012

Every dollar invested in advocacy brings $114 in investments for communities, according to a recent national study. To recognize this impact and encourage further support for advocacy and organizing in the state, nonprofit organizations in Arkansas are promoting advocacy and organizing during the month of October.

TheWinthrop Rockefeller Foundation and several of its nonprofit partners - Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, Arkansas Coalition for ExcellenceArkansas Public Policy Panel, Center for Artistic Revolution,Northwest Arkansas Workers' Justice Center, Rural Community Alliance, and Southern Bancorp will spend the month of October celebrating the findings of the report, Strengthening Democracy, Increasing Opportunities: Impacts of Advocacy, Organizing, and Civic Engagement in the Gulf/Midsouth Region, and promoting advocacy and organizing.

Community Leaders Urge Action on Grade-Level Reading
September 13th 2012

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (September 4, 2012) - Arkansas lags behind other states when it comes to reading proficiency by the end of the third grade, according to a new report released by the Arkansas Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, and Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families. The report, "The Arkansas Campaign for Grade-Level Reading: A Call to Action," makes the case that third grade reading proficiency is one of the most important indicators of school success and high school graduation. For a copy of the report go to www.ar-glr.net. 

Children of Immigrants Important to Arkansas's Future Economic Success
July 11th 2012

Children of immigrants important to Arkansas's future economic success

AACF comments on Supreme Court's upholding of the Affordable Care Act
June 28th 2012

LITTLE ROCK - This morning's decision by the Supreme Court of the United States to uphold the Affordable Care Act signals an enormous victory for children and families in Arkansas and everywhere in the country. The ruling affirms the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as the law of the land, including the requirement that most Americans buy health insurance or pay a tax. This ruling ensures that almost half a million uninsured Arkansans will have access to affordable, quality health coverage.

Supreme Court says no mandatory sentences of life without parole for juveniles
June 25th 2012

This morning, the Supreme Court struck down mandatory sentences of life without parole for juveniles. The decision will reverse an Arkansas court ruling in the case of Kuntrell Jackson, who was convicted of first-degree murder in Blytheville, Arkansas, in 1999. Although Jackson, who was 14 years old at the time, did not pull the trigger he received a sentence of life without parole for being an accomplice to murder. Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families applauds today's decision, but calls on the state legislature to get rid of life-without-parole sentences for juveniles completely.

Making Sure the Health Insurance Exchange Works for Arkansas Families
June 13th 2012

The Arkansas Insurance Department is quickly moving forward with its efforts to build a health insurance Exchange by January 2014. Though Arkansas will have a federally-facilitated Exchange, stakeholders are working to ensure that the state has a strong role in its implementation. Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families (AACF) says consumer-based principles, with a particular focus on Arkansas families, should guide decision-making on the exchange.

Time to Expand Pre-K Access in Arkansas
May 25th 2012

Arkansas has made access to quality early childhood education a priority over the last two decades, but high-quality programs for low-income families are either at full capacity or their funding has been stagnant for years. Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families (AACF) released a report today detailing the state of access to pre-K programs in Arkansas and calling for their expansion.

Is it Time for an Arkansas Student Bill of Rights?
May 10th 2012


All children can learn and excel in school if they have the opportunity and the resources needed to be successful. A new report from Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families urges the state of Arkansas to commit to making sure all children – no matter their background or zip code – have access to the same educational opportunities. These recommendations are part of what could become a Student Bill of Rights, guaranteeing every student the Opportunity to Learn. The Arkansas Public Policy Panel, the Arkansas Citizens First Congress, and the Arkansas Opportunity to Learn Campaign have endorsed the report.

What Do You Get for Paying In?
April 17th 2012

Nobody likes paying taxes. But our tax dollars fund important public services like schools, roads and highways, police protection, and a ton of other things we take for granted.

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