Lawmakers gather for NWA Children’s Policy Summit


Today (May 15) you have the chance to hear from state lawmakers about policies aimed to help kids and families in Arkansas.

The 2019 Children’s Policy Summit in Bentonville will not only recap legislation that’s been passed this session but it will also look ahead to what still needs to be done.

The Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families has hosted the summit after every legislative session for the past several years. The organization works to change public policy on behalf of children in the natural state, specifically those from low-income families.

There were several laws passed this year affecting children and families including ones dealing with juvenile justice reform, the legal age of marriage and human trafficking.

Northwest Arkansas director of Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, Laura Kellams says one of the things she’s most proud of from the session is juvenile justice reform. She says her organization has been working towards that for more than a decade now. But there are still other things they will keep pushing for, including a tax credit for early childhood teachers.

“Those teachers who are taking care of our youngest kids, our states most precious resource, they’re often times low paid and we wanted to get a tax credit that could kind of help,” Kellams said.

Lawmakers will also be honored with Legislative Leadership awards.

The summit is hosted by Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families.

The summit is from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Walmart Auditorium, Shewmaker Center for Workforce Technologies.

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