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Children’s Action Alliance opinion — State Lawmakers Must Act Soon to Save the Child Care Sector

| August 4, 2020
Children’s Action Alliance opinion — State Lawmakers Must Act Soon to Save the Child Care Sector

The ongoing COVID-19 crisis is threatening to put the majority of Arizona’s child care providers out of business. Approximately 50 percent of programs across the state are at least temporarily closed. Centers that are open serve considerably less children than before the crisis. A recent survey of Arizona providers showed that the number of children attending most programs has been cut in half. These programs may be serving less children, due to the health and safety guidelines put forth by state and local health departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

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First Things First — Track your child’s development and more

| August 4, 2020
First Things First — Track your child’s development and more

It’s amazing how fast your child learns and grows. Along the way, it’s natural to wonder if their development is on track. FTF’s new Ages and Stages, available in English and Spanish, has information and video clips to help you know if your child is meeting typical milestones and what to look for if you have any concerns.

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Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence (AzCASE) — Discounted Registration for 60 Hours of Workshops

| August 4, 2020
Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence (AzCASE) — Discounted Registration for 60 Hours of Workshops

Early Bird Registration is open for the 28th Annual School’s Out, Make It Count Conference, taking place virtually from October 17 – 30, 2020.

We’re delighted to bring you 60 hours of workshops from a talented pool of presenters, including dynamic duo Kami and Larry Kerby who will discuss the difference between praise and encouragement and why your program will transform when encouragement is the standard.

Continuing Education Units are available for all workshops and CARE monies may be used toward registration.

Head to our website for more information, including a registration tutorial to walk you through the steps!

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Arizona College Access Network (AzCAN) — Resiliency & Social Emotional Learning

| August 4, 2020
Arizona College Access Network (AzCAN) — Resiliency & Social Emotional Learning

Resiliency & Social Emotional Learning
Arizona Department of Education is hosting free, virtual Resiliency and Social Emotional Learning workshops that will provide intentional professional learning on educator self-care, understanding behavior as communication and trauma sensitive social emotional learning.

COVID has changed our landscape making this support for educators and students an essential first step to support academic achievement. The workshop series are for teachers, teacher teams, administrators, leadership teams, paraprofessionals, social workers, counselors and other support staff. Sign up here.

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2-1-1 Arizona Information and Referral Service Now Available 24/7/365 Statewide in English and Spanish

| August 4, 2020
2-1-1 Arizona Information and Referral Service Now Available 24/7/365 Statewide in English and Spanish

Crisis Response Network announces that its statewide 2-1-1 Arizona Information and Referral Service program is now operating 24 hours per day, seven days per week and every day of the year. Live operator service is available at all times in both English and Spanish.

New funding from the Arizona Department of Economic Security will allow 24/7 operation of 2-1-1 Arizona for Fiscal Year 2021.

2-1-1 Arizona operators will help individuals and families find resources that are available to them locally, throughout the state, and provide connections to critical services that can improve – and save – lives, including:

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Resource guides available for cities across Coconino County

| August 4, 2020
Resource guides available for cities across Coconino County

A variety of resource guides are available for cities throughout Coconino County to help families reach the resources they need during the Covid-19 emergency.

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2020 Health and Welfare Resource Virtual Networking meetings in Coconino County

| August 4, 2020
2020 Health and Welfare Resource Virtual Networking meetings in Coconino County

A variety of  health and welfare resource networking meetings are held each month in Coconino County. The meetings are presented in local restaurants, libraries, health care agencies and other locations where health professionals and representatives from a variety of governmental and non-profit organizations share information on upcoming programs and events that benefit the health and welfare of children, youth, parents and seniors throughout the region.

The following is a listing of some of those meetings. Please send any updates to frank@coconinokids.org

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Education Spotlight — FHS’s Emily Musta Receives Fulbright Award. See more local education news

| August 4, 2020
Education Spotlight — FHS’s Emily Musta Receives Fulbright Award. See more local education news

Emily Musta of Flagstaff High School in Flagstaff, Arizona has been selected for the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Research (Fulbright DA) Program to New Zealand, a program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Musta is one of approximately 22 U.S. citizens who will travel to 10 countries around the world in spring 2021 on the Fulbright DA Program. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as record of service and demonstrated leadership potential.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S government and was created to increase mutual understanding and build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has given over 390,000 passionate and accomplished students, scholars, teachers, artists, and professionals of all backgrounds and fields the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to important international problems. The global network of Fulbrighters fosters mutual understanding between the United States and partner nations, advances knowledge across communities, and improves lives around the globe.

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In reprise of 2018 ruling, judge boots tax hike for education off ballot. See more state education news here

| August 4, 2020
In reprise of 2018 ruling, judge boots tax hike for education off ballot. See more state education news here

For the second time in as many election cycles, a judge has barred from the ballot a citizen initiative that seeks to increase funding for K-12 education by hiking income taxes for higher earning Arizonans, ruling that the campaign omitted critical information from a brief description on the petitions they circulated.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Christopher Coury ruled on Friday that the Invest in Education initiative’s 100-word description didn’t include a half dozen key components of the measure. And Coury took the initiative campaign to task for failing to heed an Arizona Supreme Court ruling that blocked the 2018 iteration of the same initiative from the ballot. 

The Invest in Education campaign said it will appeal the ruling to the Arizona Supreme Court. 

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Parents struggle as schools reopen amid coronavirus surge. See more national education news here

| August 4, 2020
Parents struggle as schools reopen amid coronavirus surge. See more national education news here

Putting your child on the bus for the first day of school is always a leap of faith for a parent. Now, on top of the usual worries about youngsters adjusting to new teachers and classmates, there’s COVID-19.

Rachel Adamus was feeling those emotions Monday morning as she got 7-year-old Paul ready for his first day of second grade and prepared 5-year-old Neva for the start of kindergarten.

With a new school year beginning this week in some states, Adamus struggled to balance her fears with her belief that her children need the socialization and instruction that school provides, even as the U.S. death toll from the coronavirus has hit about 155,000 and cases are rising in numerous places.

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