Arizona Early Childhood Fiscal Map
This interactive report allows policymakers, partners, and stakeholders in Arizona’s early childhood system to visualize and analyze the 66 funding streams that supported early education, child care, and other services for children and families over 2019, 2020, and 2021, including the impact of federal relief dollars and the imbalance of federal and state funding.
With funding from the Arizona Department of Economic Security, Children’s Funding Project partnered with Read on Arizona and other state early childhood stakeholders to create this detailed fiscal map of funding that supports early childhood services and supports within the state. The main goal of this partnership is to create capacity within the state of Arizona to critically analyze and enhance funding for early childhood services and supports.
The quality and stability of programs that support school readiness and early literacy suffer when they lack consistent funding, adequate wages for providers and staff, and the infrastructure to support training and professional development. Strategic public financing helps communities and states determine the true cost of equitably implementing, maintaining, or expanding quality services for children and families and identifies sources to pay for those services. The first step in strategic public financing is to complete a fiscal map.
A fiscal map looks at the funding landscape at a certain point in time and answers a fundamental question: Who (level of government) invests how much (appropriated/obligated amount of money) and in what (specific age groups, types of services, programs).
See the Arizona Early Childhood Fiscal Map below, and read the summary report for more information on the methodology, analysis, and findings.