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Children's health and well-being have been closely linked to the economic well-being of their families. Voices for Children works to support children and families by promoting policies that increase access to family support resources.

When families are economically stable and secure, children are more likely to succeed.

Voices for Utah Children's Mother's Day gift idea: Extend the Utah-Friendly Provisions of Federal Tax Credits
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Utah Child Population Experiences Rapid Growth
New KIDS COUNT® data released Salt Lake City—A new edition of Measures of Child Well-Being in Utah by Voices for Utah Children reports that the Utah child population has increased by 24% since 2000, from about 724,000 children in 2000 to almost 900,000 in 2013. Public and charter school enrollment has increased accordingly, from 475,000 students in 2000 to 622,000 in 2014. More than 630,000 Utah children will enroll in 2015.  “With the Utah child population growing this rapidly, there is no...
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In April, Voices for Utah Children got the word out about National Immunization Week and Equal Pay Day.
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200,000 Utah Mothers Benefit From Tax Credits for Lower-Income Working Families
Salt Lake City–Just in time for Mothers Day, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has released data estimating that about 21 million mothers in low- and moderate-income working families nationwide—including 200,000 Utah mothers—receive either the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or the low-income portion of the Child Tax Credit (CTC) when they file their taxes every year. About 10 million of these mothers are single mothers. Combined, the EITC and CTC lifted 9.4 million people out of poverty in...
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Utah’s economic tide is not lifting all boats
This op-ed by Matthew Weinstein of Voices for Utah Children was originally published in the Salt Lake Tribune on February 14, 2015.   Evaluating the performance of Utah's economy from the perspective of Utah's families and children is a matter of examining both the quantity and quality of jobs created since the Great Recession. In a joint research project with the University of Utah Department of Economics, Voices for Utah Children compared Utah and the nation for the performance of their job markets....
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Healthy Utah would help working parents
This op-ed by Lincoln Nehring of Voices for Utah Children was originally published in the Salt Lake Tribune on April 23, 2015.   The Utah Legislature is currently considering whether or not to pass legislation to allow Gov. Gary Herbert's Healthy Utah or a similar plan to move forward and improve affordable coverage options for parents and other adults in our state. It has been well documented that moving forward with the plan would be good for the state's health care system...
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CHIP is good for Utah children, taxpayers
The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has been reauthorized, but only for the next two years.  Advocates for children cannot become complacent! This op-ed by Voices for Utah Children president and CEO Lincoln Nehring and Meg Booth, director of policy for the Children’s Dental Health Project was originally published in the Deseret News on February 11, 2015 and explains why we need to keep fighting for CHIP: When it comes to health insurance, there is good news and bad news for Utah children. On...
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The Senate has voted to extend CHIP!
Voices for Utah Children thanks Senator Orrin Hatch for his vote to extend the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Today, the Senate voted to reauthorize this successful, bipartisan program that 15,000 Utah kids depend on for health insurance coverage. “When children’s health was on the line, the U.S. Senate stepped up for millions of kids,” said Lincoln Nehring, President of Voices for Utah Children. “Today’s vote demonstrates the overwhelming popularity of CHIP and for getting kids the health care coverage they need...
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