For more than 30 years, VOICES has worked to speak for the well-being of Alabama’s children through research, public awareness and advocacy. Our vision is for all Alabama children to be safe, healthy, educated, and economically secure in order to reach their potential. We must work to ensure every child is prepared beginning at birth for school and life. VOICES is a non-partisan voice for Alabama’s children at the Statehouse and throughout the state, and focuses on policy, not politics, while working to improve children’s well-being.
Some of the issues VOICES for Alabama’s Children has worked to address are:
Alabama Kids Count – VOICES’ annual data research project enables the organization to research, document and provide state trends and county level data on the well-being of children in each of Alabama’s 67 counties.
Healthy Food Financing – For the 1.8 million Alabamians living with low- to no-access to healthy food options, VOICES worked to pass legislation that would create the Healthy Food Financing Initiative: a revolving loan fund that incentivizes food retailers to locate in under-served areas of our state.
Expansion of First Class Pre-K – Investing in high-quality, early learning can ensure that all children are ready to learn once they reach Kindergarten. VOICES will continue supporting increased funding for this program until all four year olds whose parents want them to participate have that opportunity.
Child Care – VOICES has worked to protect children in a child care setting by strengthening the minimum standards for child care. VOICES is currently working on solutions to help stabilize the child care industry while still protecting the increased standards put in place with the Child Care Safety Act in 2018.
Economic Security – VOICES has worked to reduce generational poverty by educating Alabamians on the impact poverty has on a child, by raising awareness on Alabama’s budget and tax structure, and by advocating for policies and programs that reduce the economic strain on families so they can properly care for their children.
Advocacy – VOICES has a long history of advocating at the state and local levels on legislative issues that affect children in their everyday lives. We encourage local participation to motivate parents and others to support passage of laws that improve lives of families and children statewide.