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Families wanted as equal partners to participate in a community coordination meeting

| September 15, 2020
Families wanted as equal partners to participate in a community coordination meeting

Families wanted as equal partners to participate in a community coordination meeting.

YOU can shape how our community responds to family needs. YOU can make sure everyone has the support they need to be successful.

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Currently only 42.7% of Coconino County residents have filled out the 2020 Census. Deadline is Sept. 30

| August 25, 2020
Currently only 42.7% of Coconino County residents have filled out the 2020 Census. Deadline is Sept. 30

Coconino County currently has a response rate of 34.7% for the 2020 Census.

If you have not yet filled out the 2020 Census, please do so!

By filling out the census, you are ensuring that our community is counted and can receive the necessary resources we need to keep our community safe, healthy, and thriving!

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Join CCC&Y’S Family Connection Weekly Zoom Meeting on Wednesdays

| August 18, 2020
Join CCC&Y’S Family Connection Weekly Zoom Meeting on Wednesdays

The Coconino Coalition for Children & Youth is presenting a weekly Family Connection Zoom Meeting at 1 p.m. Wednesdays.

The meeting is open to parents, caregivers, professionals — All individuals in our community.

Now is the time to connect, be supportive and receive support in a safe and caring environment via zoom or by telephone.

This is an open time to connect with others, share joys, vent some concerns, ask for support, or offer others your support.

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Children’s Action Alliance — Governor Ducey Announces Program To Help #saveazchildcare

| August 18, 2020
Children’s Action Alliance — Governor Ducey Announces Program To Help #saveazchildcare

Great news for Arizona’s child care system and the children and families they serve. After a collaborative effort with early childhood stakeholders and advocates, the Governor’s Office and the Department of Economic Security announced the Child Care COVID-19 Grant Program on Thursday, August 13. Using funding from the federal CARES Act, the program helps child care providers cover costs during the COVID-19 state of emergency.  The goal of the program is to help child care providers with operational costs to safely remain open or reopen in order to provide child care to Arizona’s families.

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Over 100 CASA Volunteers Virtually Trained to Advocate for Children in Foster Care. Next training on Aug. 26, Sept. 10, 15

| August 11, 2020
Over 100 CASA Volunteers Virtually Trained to Advocate for Children in Foster Care. Next training on Aug. 26, Sept. 10, 15

The next CASA Virtual Academy training for those interested in becoming a CASA volunteer will be held Aug. 26, Sept. 10, 15.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) are compassionate adults who fight for and protect a child’s right to be safe, to be treated with dignity and respect, and to learn and grow in the security of a loving family. 

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Arizona Early Childhood Alliance — Arizona Can’t Get Back to Work Without Child Care

| August 11, 2020
Arizona Early Childhood Alliance — Arizona Can’t Get Back to Work Without Child Care

The Arizona Early Childhood Alliance (AZECA) on July 30 published a policy brief about the insurmountable challenges that the child care industry currently faces as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic which may lead to the biggest child care crisis in modern history if targeted state support is not provided now.  

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Connections Spotlight — CCC&Y Invitation to the Community

| August 11, 2020
Connections Spotlight — CCC&Y Invitation to the Community

“We envision a holistic community where all children of Coconino County are increasingly free from trauma experience and all have equitable opportunities that build resiliency.” 

“Trauma, equitable and resiliency, those are words that excite me and I hope you will learn more about the Coalition, learn a little bit more about those words mean and what your role can be to support that countywide,” said Rene RedDay in the opening of a Vlog released this week by the organization. 

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Children’s Action Alliance opinion — State Lawmakers Must Act Soon to Save the Child Care Sector

| August 4, 2020
Children’s Action Alliance opinion — State Lawmakers Must Act Soon to Save the Child Care Sector

The ongoing COVID-19 crisis is threatening to put the majority of Arizona’s child care providers out of business. Approximately 50 percent of programs across the state are at least temporarily closed. Centers that are open serve considerably less children than before the crisis. A recent survey of Arizona providers showed that the number of children attending most programs has been cut in half. These programs may be serving less children, due to the health and safety guidelines put forth by state and local health departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

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Expect More Arizona — Understanding How Positive Community Factors Can Help Mitigate The Impacts Of Adverse Childhood Experiences

| July 21, 2020
Expect More Arizona — Understanding How Positive Community Factors Can Help Mitigate The Impacts Of Adverse Childhood Experiences

Research shows that Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs, contribute to the likelihood of substance abuse and other health concerns later in life. Unfortunately, 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.”

As ACE exposure goes up, the risk for negative outcomes such as substance abuse also goes up. For example, the rate of alcohol abuse jumps from a one in 69 chance to a one in six chance for individuals who have experienced seven or more Adverse Childhood Experiences. The rate of intravenous (IV) drug use is even more startling, going from a one in 480 chance to one in 30.

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Connections Spotlight — CCC&Y receives capacity building grant from Vitalyst Health Foundation to help CCC&Y promote its impact, mission and vision

| July 21, 2020
Connections Spotlight — CCC&Y receives capacity building grant from Vitalyst Health Foundation to help CCC&Y promote its impact, mission and vision

CCC&Y has received a capacity building grant from Vitalyst Health Foundation to help CCC&Y to increase its capacity and effectiveness by telling its unique and authentic story.

“The Coconino Coalition for Children & Youth (CCC&Y) is a nonprofit organization that ignited collective action to cultivate, honor and empower resilient, thriving communities,”Vitalyst Health Foundation reported. “The vision of a holistic community where all children of Coconino County are increasingly free from the trauma experience and all have equitable opportunities that build resiliency aligns with the mission of Vitalyst in Access to Care and coordinated systems of care and Social & Cultural Cohesion and support services for mental health needs.” 

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