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Arizona Education Legislative Spotlight: Gov signs budget bills; view a breakdown of K-12 education budget. See more education legislative news here

| March 31, 2020
Arizona Education Legislative Spotlight: Gov signs budget bills; view a breakdown of K-12 education budget. See more education legislative news here

Updated March 28: Gov. Doug Ducey today signed the budget bills into law.

“I commend legislative leaders of both parties, and all the Republican and Democratic members who shaped and passed this package, for coming together, putting politics aside, and showing real leadership,” Gov. Ducey said.

“It’s reflective of what we are seeing all across our state — Arizonans uniting to slow the spread of COVID-19 and save lives,” Gov. Ducey said.

“Our job isn’t done with this package of budget bills. There will certainly be more work to do and many tough decisions ahead of us as we better understand the full impact of this crisis on our citizens and on our economy,” Gov. Ducey said. “But Arizona is once again showing what it means to come together and put the good of our citizens before partisanship or politics.”

The budget bills include $50 million to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

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AZEdNews Podcast: How AZ schools are affected by COVID-19 closure. See more state education news here

| March 31, 2020
AZEdNews Podcast: How AZ schools are affected by COVID-19 closure. See more state education news here

With Arizona public schools closed until the end of the school year for the COVID-19 pandemic, the consequences for students, teachers and schools have been far-reaching, says Morgan Willis, intern for Arizona Education News Service.

Hear what Phoenix Union High School District‘s Supt. Dr. Chad Gestson and Save Our Schools Arizona‘s co-founder and spokesperson Dawn Penich-Thacker had to say about it.

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Comic: How To Turn Your Home Into A School Without Losing Your Sanity. See more national education news here

| March 31, 2020
Comic: How To Turn Your Home Into A School Without Losing Your Sanity. See more national education news here

This comic was adapted from an episode of Life Kit.

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Connections Spotlight: Understanding How Positive Community Factors Can Prevent Substance Abuse in Youth

| March 26, 2020
Connections Spotlight: Understanding How Positive Community Factors Can Prevent Substance Abuse in Youth

The Coconino Coalition for Children and Youth (CCC&Y) strives to prevent substance abuse and other negative outcomes in adulthood by understanding the effects of childhood traumatic experience and mobilizing community action. Research shows that Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs, contribute to the likelihood of addiction. Sadly, however, Arizona ranks higher than the national average for children who have experienced ACEs. These can include childhood traumas such as abuse and neglect. In fact, according to the Arizona ACE Consortium, “It is estimated that nearly 70,000 children in Arizona have more than five ACEs.”

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Mindfulness Spotlight: Message to all of us

| March 26, 2020
Mindfulness Spotlight: Message to all of us

What an experience! Each of us is creating our new normal. Extra time at home brings up different emotions for all of us. Maybe some joy in the novelty. Maybe some stress in having kids home more often without a routine. Maybe mixed feelings about extra family time. Maybe a sadness for missing events. Maybe angry about  being temporarily out of work. Maybe overwhelmed because you are a health care or emergency service provider. Or maybe hopeful for humanity as you witness folks reaching out to each other and new ways. Most likely a mix of throughout a day! Whatever you are feelings it’s ok!

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Bilingual update: Top Parenting Tips for Parents and Caregivers in Uncertain Times

| March 26, 2020
Bilingual update: Top Parenting Tips for Parents and Caregivers in Uncertain Times

Reassure your children that your family is your top priority. Say something like “I’m your parent, it’s my job to keep you safe and we are doing everything we can.”

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Bilingual update: Behavioral Health Crisis Hotline

| March 26, 2020
Bilingual update: Behavioral Health Crisis Hotline

Trained crisis intervention specialists are available every day of the year to help over the phone anytime.

The crisis line is confidential. It is open to anyone who needs help.

Our specialists can help in many ways, including:

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LAUNCH Flagstaff — Planning for the future

| March 26, 2020
LAUNCH Flagstaff — Planning for the future

Life has changed and there will be more change ahead.
 
Connecting and convening existing resources and facilitating strategic solutions is what LAUNCH Flagstaff was created to do.
 
As the current health crisis unfolds, our children and their families will be impacted by new economic and social conditions that will add additional stressors into their lives.  It’s for times like this that community stakeholders came together to create LAUNCH Flagstaff back in 2013.  

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District 2 Supervisor Liz Archuleta — Caring for Yourself and During This Time

| March 26, 2020
District 2 Supervisor Liz Archuleta — Caring for Yourself and During This Time

During this time it is crucial that you are taking care of both your physical and mental health and well being. Below you will find the “Self-Care Wheel” that offers some ideas on how to care for yourself during this time. Remember, you are not alone in this. This is only temporary and we will get through this together.

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Head~Heart~Hands Preschool in Flagstaff accepting new families for enrollment

| March 26, 2020
Head~Heart~Hands Preschool in Flagstaff accepting new families for enrollment

Head~Heart~Hands Preschool in Flagstaff accepting new families for enrollment. Open 6:45 a.m. to 6 p.m.

We have a brand new licensed infant room for 5 babies. We are super low on enrollment and are willing to give essential personal priority for enrollment. No enrollment fee, just the weekly tuition.

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