Press Release Archive

Gains, missed opportunities for Utah minority children during 2016 Legislative Session

17 May 2016
A new report by Voices for Utah Children evaluates how the Session affected equity While lawmakers took some important steps toward addressing disparities during the 2016 Legislative Session, a new report by Voices for Utah Children reveals many missed opportunities.…

Supporting the Children of Incarcerated Parents

25 April 2016
New Annie E. Casey Foundation report recommends policies to help children with incarcerated parents More than 44,000 Utah kids have a parent who has served time. Salt Lake City – More than 5 million children in the nation have experienced the…

Voices for Utah Children Wins Grant for Early Learning

05 April 2016
Voices for Utah Children Receives W.K. Kellogg Foundation Grant for Quality and Access Expansion in Early Learning Salt Lake City, UT – Over the last three years, with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Utah Office of Child Care,…

The Utah Legislature ends the 5-year waiting period for lawfully residing immigrant children to access healthcare.

09 March 2016
Voices for Utah Children thanks the Utah Legislature for this child-friendly change. Salt Lake City, UT – As part of H.B.2, the New Fiscal Year Supplemental Appropriations Act that passed yesterday, the Utah Legislature included intent language that removes the…

Top 10 Reasons to End the Earmarks

28 January 2016
Coalition of Advocates, Social Service Providers Call on the Legislature to “End the Earmarks” Salt Lake City, UT–On Thursday, January 28 at 10:45 am at the Capitol, a coalition of social service providers and advocates called on the Utah Legislature…

Utah’s Insurance Rate for Hispanic Children is the Worst in the Nation

13 January 2016
Voices for Utah Children proposes state policy solutions to address the problem.   Salt Lake City, UT – A report released today cites Utah as the worst state in the nation at enrolling Hispanic children under 18 in health insurance…

Advocates Celebrate Congressional Wins for Children

17 December 2015
Salt Lake City—Voices for Utah Children welcomes the news that a bipartisan agreement has been reached to prevent provisions of the Child Tax Credit and the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) from expiring. In particular, we applaud Utah Senator Orrin…

New Report: Utah Has One of the Lowest Rates of Health Coverage for Children in the Nation

28 October 2015
  Report Points to Failure to Expand Medicaid as Reason Utah Is Falling Further Behind Salt Lake City—A report released today shows that while most of the nation experienced significant gains in children’s health insurance coverage between 2013 and 2014,…

New Research Attributes Most of Utah’s Gender Gap in Wages to Discrimination

22 October 2015
However, other factors, such as education and occupational choices, make Utah's gap one of the highest in the nation. Discrimination explains most of the gender wage gap in Utah, according to new research released by Voices for Utah Children. Only 27%…

New Census Data Show Utah Incomes Up, Poverty Down but Still Not Back to Pre-Recession Levels

17 September 2015
  But Tax Credits Could Shrink for Lower-Income Utahns with Children if Congress Does Not Act New Census Bureau data released today show that 11.7% of all Utahns were living below the federal poverty line in 2014. Children were even…