Arizona’s tribal communities resiliently continue early childhood services through pandemic. See more state education news here

| November 3, 2020

By First Things First

Earlier this year, as tribal communities in Arizona took measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 — in some cases through partial or full government program closures, travel restrictions and stay-at-home orders — the measures also impacted how services were provided to their youngest children and families.

“In many tribal communities, there are many multigenerational homes, some including children. When someone tested positive for COVID-19, tribal communities were faced with trying to find a place for individuals to quarantine so the entire family was not affected,” said Candida Hunter, First Things First senior director of Tribal Affairs. “Many programs, including early childhood programs, were closed. Providers and services had to find ways to connect with families, despite the lack of internet connection and access to technology.”

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