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Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence (AzCASE) — Is Your Program Offering Child Care Services?

| March 17, 2020
Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence (AzCASE) — Is Your Program Offering Child Care Services?

By now you’ve heard Governor Ducey has issued mandatory school closing for all Arizona’s schools through at least March 27th. This includes all school base out-of-school time programs.

If any of you are offering programming for working families during this school closure, please let us know so we can include your program on our Special Family Resources Page.

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Arizona Legislative Education Spotlight: Supt. Hoffman, education leaders discuss draft policy legislation to help AZ schools during Coronavirus closure. See more education legislative news here

| March 17, 2020
Arizona Legislative Education Spotlight: Supt. Hoffman, education leaders discuss draft policy legislation to help AZ schools during Coronavirus closure. See more education legislative news here

Updated March 16: The Arizona Department of Education, education advocates, county superintendents of schools and school leaders met Monday afternoon to discuss draft policy legislation to help Arizona schools during this closure in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Local Education Spotlight: FALA’s Eugene Brosseau named NAZ Today Teacher of the Week. See more local education news here

| March 17, 2020
Local Education Spotlight: FALA’s  Eugene Brosseau named NAZ Today Teacher of the Week. See more local education news here

As another week rolls by, another teacher is highlighted for their work in the classroom. Eugene Brosseau, an art teacher at the Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy (FALA), is our Teacher of the week, and NAZ Today’s Justin Dubail was there to speak with him. Brosseau got his love for the arts in high school, where he was inspired by his art teacher, and encouraged to go into the field of being an educator.

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Open Letter To Arizona Families, Educators, School Leaders, And Education Community Members. See more state education news here

| March 17, 2020
Open Letter To Arizona Families, Educators, School Leaders, And Education Community Members. See more state education news here

Dear Arizona families, educators, school leaders, and education community members,

In our roles as Governor and Superintendent of Public Instruction, we stand united in working with you to keep Arizona’s kids, families, and school communities safe and healthy.

Over the past few weeks and in coordination with public health officials, we have been in close communication with school administrators to provide guidance and be a resource as it relates to the recent outbreak of COVID-19. The health and safety of all our students is our top priority, and we’ve worked hard to keep our school doors open — these are important assets in people’s lives and many families rely on them for nutrition and access to health care.

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Talking to kids about virus? Experts say be calm and honest. See more national education news here

| March 17, 2020
Talking to kids about virus? Experts say be calm and honest. See more national education news here

It was a routine game of schoolyard tag — except the children had dubbed this version “coronavirus.” The kids ran around and tagged one another, but instead of being “it,” they “caught” the virus.

Children like the ones a reporter saw playing recently at a school in Washington, D.C., are becoming more aware of the coronavirus — though they may not fully understand it or know how seriously to take it — as it begins to affect their daily lives with school closures and event cancellations, restrictions on travel, and the NBA nixing the rest of its season.

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Arizona Education Association — March 7 Legislative Update

| March 10, 2020
Arizona Education Association — March 7 Legislative Update

Great job, activists! Thanks to your efforts last week, SB1234 passed in the House Education Committee. Next step is getting it through the House Appropriations Committee. SB1234 would fully restore District Additional Assistance, a goal AEA has worked towards since it was first cut.

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STEM Saturdays — The Great Global Cleanup

| March 10, 2020
STEM Saturdays — The Great Global Cleanup

Earth Day 2020 on April 22nd marks the 50th year of the movement. Get involved by participating in the Earth Day Great Global Cleanup. With partners across the nation and the globe, they’re building Earth’s largest cleanup crew. Be part of the largest environmental volunteer event in history! 

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LAUNCH Flagstaff — Monthly Update: 3 steps forward

| March 10, 2020
LAUNCH Flagstaff — Monthly Update: 3 steps forward

Elevate PreK — Up to now, the effort to expand equitable access to full-day, year-round, high-quality, free preschool to Flagstaff 4-year-olds living in families between 101%-250% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) has been know simply as the “Flagstaff Preschool Expansion Program.”

This week the LAUNCH Flagstaff Steering Committee approved a recommendation to name the pilot program Elevate PreK after information gathered from families of preschool aged children participating in focus groups identified this name as the one that resonated with them the best.

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NACA LIFE Program, Wings of America issues Call to Artists for T-Shirt design for 2020 Community Run/Walk

| March 10, 2020
NACA LIFE Program, Wings of America issues Call to Artists for T-Shirt design for 2020 Community Run/Walk

NACA LIFE Program, Wings of America issues Call to Artists for T-Shirt design for 2020 Community Run/Walk.

Creat an image that represents running from an Indigenous perspective; reflect on running as a prayer and as a component of wellness.

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First Things First — Making everyday moments count

| March 10, 2020
First Things First — Making everyday moments count

March is National Reading Month. Read Across America encourages everyone to pick up a book and read with a child. Bonding with books helps spark your baby or toddler’s curiosity and introduces them to new words.

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