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Voices for Utah Children is pleased to announce we will be entering the blogging community! Once a week our staff will be sharing their thoughts on bills, legislative process, national news and more.

The new blog "Speaking of Kids" will be available on our website, with links from our Facebook and Twitter feeds.

Be on the lookout for this new way to learn more about kids.

This Fourth of July, Thank Those Who Fight for Our Freedom

Thursday, 02 July 2015 09:09 Written by Matthew Weinstein
While the Fourth of July is a time to celebrate our country with family and friends, it’s also a day to honor the heroes who have defended our freedom by serving in our military. One way we can honor service members, veterans, and their families this year is by asking…

On Fathers Day, Take Note: 147,000 Utah Dads Helped by Working Family Tax Credits

Friday, 19 June 2015 13:41 Written by Matthew Weinstein
On Mother’s Day last month, Voices for Utah Children noted on our website and in the Salt Lake Tribune how many Utah moms are better able to raise their children and meet their obligations thanks to the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) when they file…

Celebrating a Legacy

Friday, 19 June 2015 11:13 Written by Lincoln Nehring
The Voices for Utah Children family was saddened to learn that Roz McGee passed away this week. In 1988, Roz became Utah Children’s first Executive Director. Over the next 13 years she turned an organization with virtually no budget, no staff, and no history into a professional and powerful voice,…

Safety Laws Save Lives: Utah Kids are Safer on the Road than Ever Before

Tuesday, 16 June 2015 11:45 Written by April Young Bennett
I was terrified when I received my first Utah driver’s license at age 16. That was before Utah’s first graduated driver licensing law went into effect in 1999, so I had very little practice before I was expected to drive on my own.  I didn’t have enough experience to be…

Research shows Medicaid produces long-term health benefits.

Thursday, 07 May 2015 11:46 Written by April Young Bennett
A recent study shows that the benefits of receiving quality prenatal and infant care through Medicaid continue into young adulthood.  The study found that people born between 1979 and 1993 with Medicaid coverage in utero or during infancy had fewer preventable hospitalizations as young adults and were 7% less likely…

More parents choosing not to vaccinate, especially in Utah County

Thursday, 30 April 2015 13:24 Written by April Young Bennett
More Utah parents are choosing not to vaccinate their children and so it is not surprising that we are seeing a rise in vaccine-preventable diseases. Utah county is of particular concern because a large number of children reside there and vaccination rates are low. Of Utah County schools, 43% are under-vaccinated.  In…

Children are the losers in Legislature’s earmarking trend

Thursday, 23 April 2015 14:45 Written by Matthew Weinstein
This op-ed, written by Matthew Weinstein of Voices for Utah Children, was originally published in the Salt Lake Tribune on October 10, 2014.   Utah's state budget has been undermined in the last decade by an increase in earmarks — from $42 million in Fiscal Year 2005 to over half…

Utah’s economic tide is not lifting all boats

Thursday, 23 April 2015 14:41 Written by Matthew Weinstein
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…

Healthy Utah would help working parents

Thursday, 23 April 2015 14:38 Written by Lincoln Nehring
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…

CHIP is good for Utah children, taxpayers

Tuesday, 21 April 2015 14:33 Written by Lincoln Nehring
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…
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