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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.

First Focus Campaign for Children recognizes Sen. Hatch as a Defender of Children

Tuesday, 21 October 2014 12:08 Written by Karen Crompton
Voices for Utah Children congratulates Senator Orrin Hatch for his selection by First Focus as a 2014 Defender of Children. This award comes at a crucial time for children's health, as CHIP, a program initiated by Hatch, may expire within the next year if Congress doesn't act. This article by…

What in the world is an unfunded earmark, and what does it have to do with you?

Thursday, 16 October 2014 09:41 Written by Matthew Weinstein
Utah’s state budget  has been undermined due to a nearly 1200% increase in General Fund earmarks during the past decade. Earmarking ties policymakers’ hands so they can’t adapt the budget to the evolving needs of the state’s ever-growing and ever-changing economy and population. And these are "unfunded" earmarks, meaning that…

The (Not) Complex Cost-Benefit Analysis of the Healthy Utah Plan

Thursday, 11 September 2014 12:39 Written by April Young Bennett
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…

Why does preschool matter?

Friday, 22 August 2014 13:48 Written by Karen Crompton
Voices for Utah Children’s long-standing track record of improving for the lives of kids and families has become even more focused on children’s early years as researchers have grown the science of early childhood development. National studies, and our own research on programs right here in Utah, show that high-quality…

Three Good Reasons to Vaccinate

Monday, 11 August 2014 09:13 Written by April Young Bennett
In just a few short weeks kids will be back in school. As you make the checklist for new supplies, backpacks and clothes, don't forget to include making sure vaccinations are up to date. Here are three important reminders from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): 1.       “Vaccines…

How can we make Utah the best state in the nation to be a kid?

Friday, 01 August 2014 14:01 Written by April Young Bennett
The 2014 KIDS COUNT rankings of child well-being are out. Utah is currently ranked #11. Reference A Eleven is a reasonably good ranking. We didn’t make the top ten but we are doing better than lots of other states. It is nice to see that we are finally moving upward…

Citizens Ask Utah Lawmakers to Act Now to Close Coverage Gap

Friday, 18 July 2014 16:38 Written by April Young Bennett
A large crowd gathered at the State Capitol building yesterday for the Utah legislature's Health Reform Task Force meeting—the tenth meeting of its kind to discuss Medicaid expansion. This meeting focused on the governor's Healthy Utah plan, an alternative for closing the coverage gap that is popular with Utah voters.…

Helping Families Get Ahead

Wednesday, 26 February 2014 15:58 Written by Tracy Gruber
Last week, Utah lawmakers took an important first step toward reducing state taxes and bolstering the pocketbooks of low- and moderate-income working taxpayers struggling to make ends meet. The Working Individuals and Families Credit (HB218)—a tax credit based on the federal Earned Income Tax Credit—received initial approval from the Revenue…

Let’s Put Kids First Too

Monday, 08 July 2013 14:59 Written by Terry Haven
While Utah is being touted as the best in the U.S. in economic circles, its ranking in child well-being is slowly eroding. The newly released KIDS COUNT Data Book shows Utah dropped once again in child well-being from 11th to 14th. Each year the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT…

Children and Mental Illness: Services and Timing are Critical

Tuesday, 28 May 2013 12:47 Written by Wendy Fayles
May is Mental Health Awareness Month and provided us the opportunity to invite a guest Blogger from the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Thanks to Wendy Fayles, Family and Consumer Mentor, National Alliance on Mental Illness-Utah for providing her insights into the importace of timing and availability of services.  …

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