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LAUNCH Flagstaff monthly update

| April 3, 2020
LAUNCH Flagstaff monthly update

April is Child Abuse Prevention Monthand this is top of mind for me as we move through the COVID-19 pandemic and the looming economic recession that will likely follow.  The stress today on our families is unprecedented and my fear is that some children may bear the brunt of that reality.

The Coconino Coalition for Children and Youth recently published their Prevention Plan & Needs Assessment.  In the report, Virginia WatahomigieCCC&Y Executive Director says, “We can no longer say-this is not my problem. The effects of childhood trauma have tremendous costs to society, and it is imperative that we develop the understanding of why and what can be done.”

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KidsCare Premiums Waived During COVID-19 Emergency

| April 2, 2020
KidsCare Premiums Waived During COVID-19 Emergency

Great news! For the duration of the COVID-19 emergency, KidsCare health coverage premiums and any premium balances are waived! Arizona will also stop disenrollment of AHCCCS/Medicaid participants, unless the individual moves out of state or voluntarily opts out of coverage. Participants who were disenrolled during the month of March will have their coverage reinstated for the duration of the emergency.

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Free Wednesday Webinars on parenting/working with children, dealing with stress, and building resilience!

| March 31, 2020
Free Wednesday Webinars on parenting/working with children, dealing with stress, and building resilience!

In honor of April Child Abuse Prevention Month, Prevent Child Abuse Arizona will hold free webinars at 10:00am on every Wednesday in April.

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CASA of Coconino County issues a Call to Arms for volunteers in response to the predicted impact of COVID-19

| March 31, 2020
CASA of Coconino County issues a Call to Arms for volunteers in response to the predicted impact of COVID-19

COCONINO COUNTY — CASA of Coconino County is in critical need to increase the number of dedicated members of the community to step up and become Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers, and help break the cycle of abuse and neglect, through supporting children and families. There are over 14,000 children in out of home […]

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Children’s Action Alliance — Resources for Young People with Experience in Foster Care

| March 31, 2020
Children’s Action Alliance — Resources for Young People with Experience in Foster Care

COVID-19 is dramatically disrupting all of our lives, including the lives of over 14,000 children and youth in foster care in Arizona. Many of these young people were already struggling to find a sense of normalcy when COVID-19 pulled the rug out from underneath them again.

As our policymakers both in Washington, D.C. and here in Arizona respond to the novel coronavirus outbreak, Children’s Action Alliance is advocating to ensure that the needs of current and former foster youth are addressed.

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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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Expect More Arizona — Our work continues on behalf of Arizona students and families

| March 23, 2020
Expect More Arizona — Our work continues on behalf of Arizona students and families

We are focused on serving as a resource for our partners, families and local communities by providing timely and accurate information, tips and tools. In the short-term, we’ve compiled information on our blog for parents and caregivers about ways to talk with children during these difficult times, what’s happening with schools and colleges, where to access education and community resources, and more.

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Arizona Education Association (AEA) — March 17 — Legislative Update

| March 23, 2020
Arizona Education Association (AEA) — March 17 — Legislative  Update

Our students are at the forefront of thinking as we face the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Safety is our top priority. AEA continues to advocate fiercely for students’ and educators’ safety, health, and rights. That is why AEA called for Governor Ducey to close schools statewide.

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Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (ADDPC) — New Grant Opportunities

| March 23, 2020
Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (ADDPC) — New Grant Opportunities

We’re proud to announce two new opportunities for funding from the Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council:

Grant #1 — Building a Self Advocacy Coalition
Grant #2 — Conferences and Training

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