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Advocacy group wants more money from Legislature for child care

PHOENIX — A child advocacy group wants the Arizona Legislature to come up with more money to help families.

The Children’s Action Alliance wants the state to allocate an additional $10 million to provide affordable child care to families.

“It’s a smart policy for the state to invest in child care as part of the overall policy to prevent abuse and neglect and to reduce the workload on CPS,” said the organization’s Dana Naimark.

Naimark said that thousands of Arizona families need help watching the kids while mom and dad are at work.

“In every single legislative district, more than half of children younger than six have all parents in the labor force,” Naimark said. “Child care is a necessity for our economy and for our families.”

Naimark believes that Gov. Jan Brewer may call a special legislative session sometime before Memorial Day.

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