Supporting Early Childhood in 1992 and Today

15 September 2015 Written by  

As we celebrate the 30th anniversary of Voices for Utah Children, we are looking back at great memories from the last three decades. As these 1992 pictures demonstrate, the staff and partners of Utah Children have always sought to improve early childhood for Utah kids.

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In 2014, after effective advocacy from Voices for Utah Children and partners, Utah passed legislation to expand access for economically disadvantaged children to attend high quality preschool programs that already exist in the community, using the Pay for Success funding model.

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Voices for Utah Children will honor Salt Lake Mayor Ben McAdams for his support of Pay for Success financing of high quality preschool at our upcoming Children's Champion Award Luncheon. Voices for Utah Children Early Education Policy Director Janis Dubno has done such an amazing job here in Utah that she has recently been tapped by the Obama administration to expand access to preschool across the nation, but she will continue to be a valuable partner to Voices for Utah Children.  

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For 30 years now, Voices for Utah Children has called on our state, federal and local leaders to put children’s needs first. But the work is not done. The children of 30 years ago now have children of their own. Too many of these children are growing up in poverty, without access to healthcare or quality educational opportunities. How can you be involved?

We look forward to the future of Voices for Utah Children and we hope you will be a part of our next 30 years.

Special thanks to American Express for sponsoring our 30th Anniversary Year. Amex

April Young Bennett 300April Young Bennett, Communications Director, joined the organization in 2014. She received her Master of Public Administration from the University of Arizona and her Bachelor in Community Health Education from Utah State University. Prior to joining Voices for Utah Children, April worked for the Utah Department of Health for over a decade, addressing health disparities among minorities and other underserved Utahns. She completed internships and fellowships with the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System, the Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy and the U.S. Senate.