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Students at a full-day kindergarten class in Phoenix, 2016.

Voters had good reason to reject a plan for early childhood education a couple years ago. Faced with a similar decision on the Pima County Preschool Investment Program, our county supervisors have a lot less reason to say no. Read more»

Students at a full-day kindergarten class in Phoenix, 2016.

It’s time for all of Pima County to take the lead on quality early childhood education so that our most vulnerable children have the best opportunities to succeed in school and in life. Read more»

Shelley Watson of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council at the lectern during the announcement of the launch of a campaign committee opposed to the 'Strong Start Tucson' initiative.

A coalition of business groups has launched an effort to derail Prop. 204, a sales-tax initiative that would direct $50 million yearly to early childhood education in Tucson. Proponents say it's a necessary investment, but opponents say the measure lacks oversight, with some calling it a "voucher" system. Read more» 4

Children who go to high-quality preschool perform better in school, complete more years of education, and become productive members of a more educated workforce. I wish we could provide every kid in AZ the chance SST will offer Tucson’s kids. Until that day, let’s make progress for our children, close to home, here in Tucson. Read more» 3

Tucson and Pima County residents could see up to four proposals for sales-tax increases next year — to pay for for road repairs, police and fire equipment, preschool subsidies and property-tax cuts. Read more» 1

In this map, Child Care Aware of America provides tiers of states according to the affordability of infant care as a percentage of a married couple’s median income.

Arizona is the seventh-least-affordable state for before-school/after-school child care, according to a study by a national advocacy group. Read more»

Featuring an in-depth conversation on poverty and illiteracy in Southern Arizona with Tamara McKinney, Literacy Connects Reading Seed program director, and Bobbie Jo Buel, editor of the Arizona Daily Star. Then, we talked with Penelope Jacks of the Children's Action Alliance as well as Maureen O'Nell, CEO of the Humane Society of Southern Arizona. Read more»

Interviews with Patrick McNamara of Inside Tucson Business, Penelope Jacks of the Children's Action Alliance, state Sen. David Bradley (D-LD10), along with U.S. Rep. Ron Barber (D-CD2), Councilman Paul Cunningham, and 'Ace' Thakore of Pointguardu.com. Read more»

Interviews with the president of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Glen Hamer; plus City Hall commentator Richard Studwell, TucsonSentinel.com's Dylan Smith, Penelope Jacks of the Children's Action Alliance, and Tucsoncitizen.com administrator Mark B. Evans. Read more»

Today on Buckmaster — Former Tucson Mayor Bob Walkup, Children's Action Alliance's Penelope Jacks, TREO's Laura Shaw, and University of Arizona climate researcher Zack Guido. Read more»