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First Things First — Across Arizona, child care providers are struggling

| January 25, 2022
First Things First — Across Arizona, child care providers are struggling

The child care workforce shortage is challenging families who depend on child care in order to work, and it’s also driving child care owners to find creative ways to recruit new staff and retain current employees.

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Children’s Action Alliance — Click twice to save a life!

| January 25, 2022
Children’s Action Alliance — Click twice to save a life!

ICYMI: Arizona’s Medicaid program guarantees health coverage to birthing parents for just 60 days after pregnancy. For too many new parents in our state, the care they need to form a healthy bond simply isn’t there.  

Parents without access to quality, affordable health coverage are likely to delay or decline treatment for their medical and emotional needs. Even minor conditions can become life-threatening or fatal without intervention – a reality reflected in Arizona’s high rate of preventable mortality and morbidity for pregnant and postpartum individuals. For Black, Indigenous, and People of Color who give birth in Arizona, the risks associated with pregnancy are even greater.

We’re urging lawmakers to prioritize a full year of postpartum Medicaid coverage in the state budget.** We need your help to amplify the message.

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Children’s Action Alliance — What’s missing from the Governor’s budget?

| January 25, 2022
Children’s Action Alliance — What’s missing from the Governor’s budget?

The Governor’s budget misses key provisions that would help Arizona’s children and families in a pandemic. Aside from initiatives that were developed or enhanced with temporary federal COVID relief funding, there is little mention of increasing access to health care and affordable housing in the proposal. The budget proposal doesn’t address health care coverage for oral health, postpartum care, other basic and preventative health care needs, and affordable housing as Arizona families are facing eviction with a great deal of uncertainty about where they will be able to live.  

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United Way of Northern Arizona — How Do We Make 2022 Even Better?

| January 25, 2022
United Way of Northern Arizona — How Do We Make 2022 Even Better?

When we look at the outcomes, the past year was a powerful reminder of all that we can do when we work together.

Because you Stepped Up for Our Community either as a donor, an advocate or a volunteer, we collectively did more than ever before to advance:

Early childhood education
Positive youth development
Basic services that strengthened our social safety net.
But that leaves us with a very important question:

How can we make 2022 even better?

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Arizona Education Association — 2022 Session Legislative Update

| January 18, 2022
Arizona Education Association — 2022 Session Legislative Update

Welcome to the 2022 Legislative Session

Governor Ducey gave his state of the state address on Opening Day on January 10, 2022, which marks the beginning of the legislative session. Read AEA’s statement on the state of the state address >>

Today, Governor Ducey released his proposed state budget, which prioritizes test-based funding and will further widen funding inequities. Read AEA’s analysis of the Executive K-12 Budget Proposal >>

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United Way of Northern Arizona — (Video) A message from NAU President Cruz Rivera

| January 18, 2022
United Way of Northern Arizona — (Video) A message from NAU President Cruz Rivera

There’s no doubt that Northern Arizona University plays a huge role in our community. In addition to being Flagstaff’s largest employer, it is the home of thousands of students who live, work and study here.

NAU is also a major player in local philanthropic efforts, including its annual workplace campaign to support United Way of Northern Arizona.

This year, NAU President José Luis Cruz Rivera successfully challenged the university’s community to boost its contributions to UWNA, increasing their campaign goal from $25,000 to $35,000.

“NAU stepped up for community and for that I’m grateful,” he said.

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Homeless Youth Connection (HYC) seeking Community Outreach Manager for Flagstaff region

| January 18, 2022
Homeless Youth Connection (HYC) seeking Community Outreach Manager for Flagstaff region

This individual will work to engage community members and business leaders to connect with HYC to support youth experiencing homelessness in Flagstaff. This position is responsible for relationship building and securing donations (in-kind and financial), as well as recruiting and supervising volunteers. In addition, the Community Outreach Manager will oversee Emergency Resource Pantries with volunteer support and in-kind donations. 

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CCC&Y Weekly Newsletter Update for Jan. 19, 2022

| January 18, 2022
CCC&Y Weekly Newsletter Update for Jan. 19, 2022

View this email in your browser Jan. 19, 2022 Update  

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Education Forward Arizona — Our Response to Governor Ducey’s State of the State

| January 11, 2022
Education Forward Arizona — Our Response to Governor Ducey’s State of the State

(On Jan. 10), the Governor delivered his 8th and final State of the State address where he laid out his vision for Arizona for the year ahead. His top priorities were focused on water, the economy, education, public and border safety.
 
We had hoped to hear a greater sense of urgency and focus on supporting our students and educators. If we truly want Arizona to be unstoppable, our priority should be increasing education attainment across the entire P-20 continuum. Increasing our attainment rate to the national average would generate more than $7B for Arizona’s economy. To do that, we must act with urgency now to support our students and educators P-20.

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CCC&Y Weekly Newsletter Update for Jan. 12, 2022

| January 11, 2022
CCC&Y Weekly Newsletter Update for Jan. 12, 2022

Coconino Coalition for Children & Youth, CCC&Y

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