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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.

142,000 Utah Kids Five and Under Are Low-Income, at Risk for Impoverished Adulthoods
New National Report Reinforces Recommendations of Utah Commission Addressing Intergenerational Poverty Salt Lake City – In Utah, 142,000 children ages five and under are low-income, according to a new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF): Creating Opportunity for Families: A Two-Generation Approach. The KIDS COUNT® report states that “a child raised in poverty is more likely to become an adult living in poverty—less likely to graduate from high school or remain consistently employed. Forty-two percent of children born...
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Release of the national KIDS COUNT® policy report, Creating Opportunity for Families: A Two-Generation Approach: November 12, 2014
Voices for Utah Children invites you to join us for the release of the national KIDS COUNT® policy report, Creating Opportunity for Families: A Two-Generation Approach. The report includes Utah specific data and outlines how the public, nonprofit and private sectors must work together to reduce poverty amonglow-income families with young children. November 12, 2014 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 Check-in and continental breakfast 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Program Zions Bank Founders Room 18th Floor, One S. Main St., Salt Lake City, UT, 84111 Parking will be validated...
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A Two-Generation Strategy: Healthy Parents and Healthy Kids
Healthy and financially secure families are critical in helping end the cycle of intergenerational poverty. However, low-income families struggle to obtain health coverage that can provide the access to care and the financial protection that they need. While the vast majority of low-income families with children have at least one full-time worker, most do not qualify, or cannot afford, employer or individual market health insurance plans. Public health coverage programs can equally be out of reach. In most states, Medicaid and...
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The (Not) Complex Cost-Benefit Analysis of the Healthy Utah Plan
On August 28 2014, economist Sven Wilson testified before the Utah Legislature's Health Reform Task Force about the complex question of whether the economic benefits of Healthy Utah outweigh the costs.  Showing a chart of costs and benefits with benefits marked in green and costs in red, he said,"Notice there is quite a bit more green than red." Healthy Utah would benefit poor individuals by providing them with health insurance. It would benefit the healthcare industry by preventing uncompensated care...
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Attendance and the Early Grades: A Two-Generation Issue
Chronic Absence is a Two-Generation Problem Policies that help parents keep kids in school, such as family leave polices and effective transportation systems; coupled with programs that help the child, such as attention to bullying; and improved policies at the school level, such as collecting the right data and working with families to identify barriers to school attendance will ensure that every child succeeds. "The reality is an absence is an absence, excused or not,and that child is not in that classroom benefiting from the instruction on that day. We have...
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Healthy Utah Poll Results
The Healthy Utah Poll was commissioned by a group of Utah civic groups interested in gauging support for Governor Herbert’s Healthy Utah plan. The poll was conducted by Dan Jones & Associates on a sample of 623 Utah voters during May and June, 2014. The full data and methods were then shared with Notalys for independent analysis. Notalys also consulted with the Dan Jones project leader on the development of the survey instrument. This report is the first set of research findings based on...
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A Two-Generation Strategy: Right from the Start
  Download and print the issue brief here: A Two Generation Strategy: Right from the Start This is the second in a series of issue briefs focused on two-generation strategies to reduce poverty supported by Ascend: the Aspen Institute. The first issue brief in this series is available here: A Two-Generation Approach to Ending Poverty in Utah   Full Text   Children raised in poverty are likely to be poor as adults. Breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty necessitates a two-generation approach that meets the needs of vulnerable children and their parents...
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Are Utah kids today better off than kids 25 years ago?
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