From: Voices for Utah Children
To: Dean Sanpei,
Subject: Voices for Utah Children Newsletter - July, 2013
Date: Mon Jul 22 17:10:51 MDT 2013
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Our President and CEO Celebrates 12 years at the Helm

We hope you will join us as we celebrate Karen Crompton's 12 years as President and CEO of Voices for Utah Children. Karen's leadership has kept the organization strong through the recession and, as we near our 30th anniversary, we are confident and excited about the organization's future.

We are inviting everyone to help Karen celebrate her anniversary by donating $12 to represent the 12 years she has been with Voices. On August 2nd, Voices will host an open house from 3:00 to 5:00 in honor of Karen's service and hope you will stop by, meet the staff, say hi to Karen and bring your donation in person!

If you can't make it to the open house you can donate online at http://utahchildren.org/support-us/donate-online?view=donation. Or just pop a note into the mail at: 747 E. South Temple, Suite 100, Salt Lake City, UT 84102.

Thanks for helping us celebrate a dozen years of service for children and families in Utah and thank Karen for 12 great years of leadership! 

Annie E Casey Foundation Releases Annual National KIDS COUNT Report

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 Data Book ranks the states on 16 indicators of child well-being: four indicators in each of the areas of Economic Well-Being, Education, Health, and Family and Community. Utah’s No. 2 ranking in Family and Community was its best, while it dropped three spots in Education and now ranks 30th in that category. Utah also ranked 14th in Health and 11th in Economic Well Being. Utah dropped three spots in overall ranking and was among only 17 states that dropped in ranking. Utah, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Alaska experienced the largest drops in their rankings.

Read our newest blog about the 2013 Data Book "Let's Put Kids First Too" on our website.

You can download the new report here.

Salt Lake County Improves the Odds for Kids!

In a groundbreaking partnership with nonprofit and private sector donors, Mayor Ben McAdams along with bipartisan County Council support, is joining an innovative program developed by Voices for Utah Children and United Way of Salt Lake to expand high-quality preschool to an additional 600 economically disadvantaged children in Granite School District.

The County joins Goldman Sachs and Chicago Venture Capitalist J.B. Pritzker in expanding the preschool program at Granite school district in a "social impact bond". This is only the second private-sector social impact bond in the country. Social impact bonds, also known as "pay-for-success" loans, are investments in prevention and intervention programs in the public sector that pay for themselves by reducing costs down the road with the goal of producing positive social outcomes.

Read more about this exciting program in an article from Education Week here.

Big Changes are Coming to Health Care Next Year!

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) will provide health care options to the 100,000 uninsured kids and the thousands of Utah families who are struggling with the cost of health coverage. Beginning October 1st, all Utah families can go to Healthcare.gov and find a health plan that works best for them, including Medicaid, CHIP and a wide variety of private health insurance pans. 

Through increased outreach efforts on the part of state agencies, advocacy groups, health clinics, and schools, we can get these kids the health care they need. Help us make every family in Utah a health care success story and get the word out about CHIP and Medicaid! One easy way to pass along this important information is by sharing this video with your friends and family through social media such as Facebook and Twitter. Thanks for being a champion for the health of Utah kids!

Check out the CHIP video here and then share the link with your friends and family.

Need a Speaker?

Need a speaker for an event, meeting, or conference? Voices for Utah Children has experts in early childhood education, health reform, CHIP outreach, tax and budget, and advocacy how-to's. We would love to present to your group! Just give us a call,  let us know the topic, how long you need us to speak, and we'll help you inform and educate your network.