This incredible NPR story that aired on KNAU a couple of days ago. The story talks about many of the financial struggles that parents in Coconino County face when choosing childcare, and the lack of available resources. This story will likely be picked up and aired by many other NPR stations across the western states.
“Flagstaff’s poverty rate has steadily climbed over the last decade. Like the rest of the region, more than half of Flagstaff’s students are poor. The amount of state and federal funds per pupil averages about $6,000.The state contributes $4,200 of that. In Massachusetts, home to some of the best schools in the country, students get more than twice that amount from that state.”
So Flagstaff educators trying to make the biggest impact with little funds have focused their efforts on two major populations — toddlers and their parents. ”