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Center for the Future of Arizona Statement on Statement on Governor Ducey Signing H.B. 2862 Into Law

| April 30, 2021
Center for the Future of Arizona Statement on Statement on Governor Ducey Signing H.B. 2862 Into Law

The Center for the Future of Arizona thanks Governor Ducey for signing H.B. 2862, legislation that supports Arizona schools in providing learner-centered education to better meet the needs of every student and family. 

The enactment of H.B. 2862 builds on CFA’s decade of work with policymakers, public schools, and communities to expand learner-centered education in order to create more excellent and equitable outcomes for all Arizona students. 

This legislation complements work already underway in Arizona to support schools that want to make the shift to learner-centered education, including the Arizona Personalized Learning Network that provides support and training to school districts and charter networks committed to personalizing learning for their students. 

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USDA Moves To Feed Millions Of Children Over The Summer. See more national education news here

| April 30, 2021
USDA Moves To Feed Millions Of Children Over The Summer. See more national education news here

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a new effort (on April 26) to feed millions of children this summer, when free school meals traditionally reach just a small minority of the kids who rely on them the rest of the year. The move expands what’s known as the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer, or P-EBT, program into the summer months, and USDA estimates it will reach more than 30 million children.

“If children and children’s learning and children’s health is a priority for us in this country, then we need to fund our priorities,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a Monday interview with NPR’s All Things Considered. “I think it’s an important day.”

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Roughly 113,000 Arizona kids would be eligible for universal preschool under President Biden’s ‘American Families Plan’. See more state education and legislative news here

| April 30, 2021
Roughly 113,000 Arizona kids would be eligible for universal preschool under President Biden’s ‘American Families Plan’. See more state education and legislative news here

Arizona preschool advocates say they are embracing President Joe Biden’s plan for “four more years of public education,”pointing to research that shows preschool is the path towards achievement.

Preschool programs like the one at Wood Elementary School in Tempe are solely funded by cities, like, in this case, the City of Tempe. A spokesperson for Tempe says so far, the City of Tempe has invested roughly $8.5 million into its early learning program.

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Local Education Spotlight — Coconino High School Art Students Advance to Top 50 in Vans Custom Culture Competition. See more local education news here

| April 30, 2021
Local Education Spotlight — Coconino High School Art Students Advance to Top 50 in Vans Custom Culture Competition. See more local education news here

Congratulations to Coconino High School (CHS) art students Lorelei Tessmer and Amber Kelly for advancing to the top 50 in this year’s Vans Custom Culture competition out of over 500 applicants.  

Voting is now open to the public at vans.com/customculture and individuals can cast one vote per day until Friday, May 7th, 2021. 

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Connections Spotlight — KinderCamp™ Returns This Summer

| April 30, 2021
Connections Spotlight — KinderCamp™ Returns This Summer

On a recent Saturday morning, a group of about 20 educators from Flagstaff, Williams and Pinetop-Lakeside met in the gymnasium of Kinsey Elementary School for a special orientation and training session.

Typically, rising early to sacrifice your day off for mandatory training doesn’t generate a lot of enthusiasm, but in this case the excitement was palpable. Why?

Because KinderCamp™ is coming back.

“There was just a buzz in the room,” said Sara Owen, the coordinator for the program that helps preschoolers with the foundational, social and academic skills needed to successfully transition into kindergarten. “People are really looking forward to being part of this again – and having it in person.”

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May 1 — Arizona’s Children Association presents ‘First Five Years Online’

| April 30, 2021
May 1 — Arizona’s Children Association presents ‘First Five Years Online’

Arizona’s Children Association Family Education & Support Services will present the virtual parenting workshop “First Five Years ONLINE” from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 1.

Includes materials and gifts for attending!

This 4-session series will help you nurture your child with a “just right” combination of freedom and positive discipline.

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May 1 — Inter Tribal Council of Arizona to present ‘2021 Tribal Voice Youth Conference’

| April 30, 2021
May 1 — Inter Tribal Council of Arizona to present ‘2021 Tribal Voice Youth Conference’

The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona will present the Tribal Voice Youth Conference, “Indigenous Food Sovereignty & Environmental Sustainability” taking place virtually from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 1.

The event is for any interested High School or College Student and their families. 

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May 2 — CCC&Y to present Youth ‘Creativity Calling’ virtual showcase

| April 30, 2021
May 2 — CCC&Y to present Youth ‘Creativity Calling’ virtual showcase

Thank you!

This pandemic is challenging for all of us. CCC&Y has a weekly virtual meeting for parents and caregivers to connect and share resources. We have also launched  “Creativity Calling,” specifically for youth! This monthly virtual opportunity provides youth a chance to share their thoughts and feelings through the arts. We are seeking youth to share their music, visual art, poetry, dance, theater, or cultural sharing!

Each month four youth will have a 10-minute spotlight.

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May 5, 12, 19 — Arizona’s Children Association presents ‘First Five Years Online’

| April 30, 2021
May 5, 12, 19 — Arizona’s Children Association presents ‘First Five Years Online’

Arizona’s Children Association Family Education & Support Services will present the virtual parenting workshop “First Five Years ONLINE” from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, May 5, 12, and 19.

Includes materials and gifts for attending!

This 4-session series will help you nurture your child with a “just right” combination of freedom and positive discipline.

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Through May 11 — Arizona’s Children Association to present free parenting workshop ‘Early Childhood STEP’

| April 30, 2021
Through May 11 — Arizona’s Children Association to present free parenting workshop ‘Early Childhood STEP’

Arizona’s Children Association Family Education & Support Services will present the present the free parenting workshop “Early Childhood STEP’” from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays through May 11.

Includes materials and gifts for attending!

This 8-session series emphasizes positive parent-child relationships. Parents will learn to encourage cooperative behaviors by providing a consistent, loving environment. Topics include:
Child & Brain Development/ Understanding Young Children’s Behavior/ Building Self-Esteem/ Family Communication/ Helping Children Cooperate/ Positive Discipline/ Social and Emotional Development

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