In order to address and solve any problem, it must first be measured and documented. Each year VOICES collects data on a county-by-county basis depicting how children are faring in terms of health, safety, education, and family income that support their successful development.
Using the information from Alabama Kids Count and other research on specific issues, VOICES helps Alabamians understand the current conditions of our children, how we can improve those conditions, and what the consequences are for all of us if we don’t.
In addition, VOICES represents the needs of children before the Alabama Legislature. Powerless children need powerful voices! That’s why we speak up on their behalf and help others do the same – to send a strong message to the state that it should do all it can to ensure Alabama’s children have the best chance to become responsible, productive adults.
Our state, representing our collective responsibility, has a key role to play in helping children succeed. By providing high-quality early learning and education programs, safe environments, and access to health care, Alabama can help our children succeed – or let other states continue to pass us by.
The choice is ours. VOICES, with a focus on prevention, is an advocate for child-friendly public policy that will help all Alabama children succeed.