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Why people are worried about a census citizenship question. See more state education news here

| June 18, 2019
Why people are worried about a census citizenship question. See more state education news here

Many Arizonans are concerned a Census 2020 citizenship question could make immigrants, noncitizens, Latinos and other minority groups less likely to respond, leading to an undercount.

That means Arizona would receive less than its fair share of more than $675 billion in federal funds each year that impact public schools, families and communities.

Accurate Census data is key for determining political representation as well as allocating federal funding to jurisdictions based on their demographic characteristics, needs and assets, said Lizette Escobedo, director of national census program for NALEO, the National Association of Latino Elected Officials.

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Students in the ‘homework gap’ struggle to complete online homework assignments. Here’s what you need to know. See more national education news here

| June 18, 2019
Students in the ‘homework gap’ struggle to complete online homework assignments. Here’s what you need to know. See more national education news here

A new report indicates up to 3 million students in the United States struggle to stay on top of homework because they have no access to the internet at home.

According to The Associated Press, these students exist in a “homework gap,” where 17 percent of students in the U.S. don’t have access to a computer at home, while 18 percent of students don’t have access to the internet.

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Education Spotlight — Multiple School Governing Board Seats seeking applicants

| June 18, 2019
Education Spotlight — Multiple School Governing Board Seats seeking applicants

Coconino County Superintendent of Schools Risha VanderWey is seeking applicants for appointment to four school districts. One seat is open in Coconino Community College District 5 in Page, Coconino Association for Vocations, Industry, and Technology (CAVIAT) Education District in Fredonia, Fredonia-Moccasin Unified School District and two seats are open and Maine Consolidated School District.

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CCC&Y Contributes to ‘2019 Town Hall Strong Families Thriving Children’ Report

| June 17, 2019
CCC&Y Contributes to ‘2019 Town Hall Strong Families Thriving Children’ Report

The Arizona Town Hall has created the comprehensive report “Strong Families Thriving Children,” that discusses various aspects of family life including the systems that exist to support them, ways families can have more positive experiences, and some of the struggles families face that compromise their life experiences.

Arizona Town Hall officials expect the report to be used a resource on this topic for years to come.

Virginia Watahomigie, M.ADM, executive director of the Coconino Coalition for Children & Youth, contributed to the “Community Capacity” section that begins on page 84 of the report.

“Arizona nonprofit agencies play a crucial and cost-effective role in the state’s prevention strategies and response to child welfare issues. Generally, missions of nonprofit agencies are geared toward meeting the long-term needs of our children and families, making nonprofits a strong defense and response system for the needs of our communities,” Watahomigie reported.

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Arizona Capitol Times Guest Opinion — State agency turns its back on kids who need support

| June 17, 2019
Arizona Capitol Times Guest Opinion — State agency turns its back on kids who need support

One of the guiding principles listed on the Arizona Department of Child Safety website is: “All Arizona’s children are safe and protected from harm.” But DCS’s actions make clear that the agency has a funny definition of the word “all.”

This legislative session, DCS successfully lobbied for a law, a floor amendment to SB 1539 introduced by Sen. Nancy Barto, that encourages the agency to cherry pick which children they will protect. The law gives the agency the chance to argue in court why children who have had run-ins with the juvenile justice system should not have the opportunity to be cared for by a foster parent.

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Children’s Action Alliance update for June 17 — Arizona Ranks #46 in Conditions for Kids

| June 17, 2019
Children’s Action Alliance update for June 17 — Arizona Ranks #46 in Conditions for Kids

Arizona ranks in the bottom five states (46th) in conditions for children, according to the KIDS COUNT® Data Book, an annual report released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The report ranks the states on 16 indicators of children’s health, education and security.

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First Things First update for June 17 — Newly elected FTF Board Chair plans to engage Arizona’s leaders on behalf of young kids

| June 17, 2019
First Things First update for June 17 — Newly elected FTF Board Chair plans to engage Arizona’s leaders on behalf of young kids

The First Things First state Board recently elected Gerald Szostak as its Chair through June 2021. Szostak has extensive experience in planning and implementing youth programs and creating and sustaining community partnerships. As Chair, he said his focus “will be to engage our state’s leaders – in government, in business, in faith and in philanthropy – to learning more about the needs of young children and to work together to build a state system that we can truly say supports a world-class education for Arizona’s children from cradle to career.”

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Arizona Adverse Childhood Experiences Consortium seeking to hire Coach for Community Coalitions

| June 17, 2019
Arizona Adverse Childhood Experiences Consortium seeking to hire Coach for Community Coalitions

The Arizona Adverse Childhood Experiences Consortium is seeking to hire Coach for its Community Coalitions positions. … Coaches will be responsible for bi-weekly check-ins with assigned coalition(s) leadership to answer questions, connect with resources and track progress.

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First Things First honors Flagstaff Champion for Young Children Kathy Farretta

| June 17, 2019
First Things First honors Flagstaff Champion for Young Children Kathy Farretta

First Things First recognizes Kathy Farretta as a 2019 First Things First Champion for Young Children.

The award is given to local champions who actively volunteer their time to raise public awareness of the importance of early childhood development and health. Champions spend a significant amount of time volunteering with FTF and building public awareness about the importance of early childhood issues.

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Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence (AzCASE) update for June 15 — Promote Your STEM Program with The Connectory

| June 17, 2019
Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence (AzCASE) update for June 15 — Promote Your STEM Program with The Connectory

The Connectory makes connections to STEM learning opportunities that inspire young people to explore, discover, and create. With a network of over 5,000 STEM program providers, The Connectory is the online tool to promote your program and opportunities to an engaged audience of families and other STEM providers.

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