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First Things First update for March 18 — Early Childhood Legislative Day at Arizona State Capitol showcases positive impact of early childhood investments

| March 18, 2019
First Things First update for March 18 — Early Childhood Legislative Day at Arizona State Capitol showcases positive impact of early childhood investments

The recent third annual Early Childhood Legislative Day at the Arizona State Capitol provided early childhood backers from across the state an opportunity to share with policymakers why early childhood is critical to the future of our state and how it links to shared priorities, such as healthy children, strong families, greater academic achievement and increased economic development.

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Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence update for March 4 — 2019 Conference Photo Winner

| March 4, 2019
Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence update for March 4 — 2019 Conference Photo Winner

2019 Conference Photo WinnerICAN Positive Programs for YouthThis year we had 50 photo submissions for the 2019 Conference Photo Contest. The 27th Annual School’s Out, Make It Count conference will feature ICAN’s winning photo.

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Expect More Arizona Excellence Tour

| March 4, 2019
Expect More Arizona Excellence Tour

The Expect More Arizona Excellence Tour Spotlights what schools and communities in Arizona are doing today to make progress toward an excellent education for every student, and celebrates the kind of excellence we expect and believe must be available to all students.

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Coconino Coalition for Children & Youth announces 2019 Caring for Children Award winners

| February 25, 2019
Coconino Coalition for Children & Youth announces 2019 Caring for Children Award winners

They include a policy leader who has advocated for early and developmentally disabled childhood education programs throughout Coconino County; an individual who has served nearly three decades strengthening and keeping families together in Northern Arizona; a Flagstaff native and 24-year elementary school principal who has promoted a variety of programs that support the educational and well-being of local youth and their families; a long-serving shelter advocate who provides youth the life skills they need to become successful and productive adults; an elementary and high school soccer coach who has sought to instill leadership and teamwork skills in the players he has worked with; a community leader whose efforts have provided a variety of afterschool, weekend and summer programs in Page.

The Coconino Coalition for Children and Youth (CCC&Y) congratulates the 2019 Caring for Children Award recipients, who will be honored during the 2019 Child Abuse Prevention Conference and Luncheon — “Healing Collective Trauma through Community Connections” — April 18 in Flagstaff.

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Page Resident Wins Caring for Children Award

| February 25, 2019
Page Resident Wins Caring for Children Award

In April, one of Page’s own will be honored in Flagstaff at the 2019 Coconino Coalition for Children & Youth Conference. Debbie Winlock, the Page Community Service Director will be receiving the Caring for Children Award.

Of 16 nominees only six were chosen this year. We spoke with Virginia Watahomigie, Executive Direction for the Coconino Coalition for Children & Youth, and she was kind enough to provide us some insight as to how Debbie was chosen for this amazing award

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Feb. 20, 21 — Early Childhood events to be held in Phoenix

| February 18, 2019
Feb. 20, 21 — Early Childhood events to be held in Phoenix

Register now for the Arizona Public Policy Forum from 1 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20 at The Newton, 300 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix. Also:

The Early Childhood Day at the Legislature will be held Thursday, Feb. 21 at the Arizona State Capitol.

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Registration now open for Coconino Coalition for Children & Youth’s 2019 Annual Child Abuse Prevention Conference on April 18

| February 18, 2019
Registration now open for Coconino Coalition for Children & Youth’s 2019 Annual Child Abuse Prevention Conference on April 18

In recognition of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month, CCC&Y will present the 2019 Annual Child Abuse Prevention Conference and Luncheon — “Healing Collective Trauma through Community Connections,” at Little America Hotel, Flagstaff on Thursday, April 18, 2019. The conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Laura van Dernoot Lipsky, who is widely recognized as a pioneer in the field of trauma exposure, will discuss caring for ourselves and our community as we respond to our own and others’ experience of trauma and the “trauma exposure response.”

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CAA opinion: Arizona Needs to Break Down Barriers Blocking Support for Kinship Families. See related stories here

| February 18, 2019
CAA opinion: Arizona Needs to Break Down Barriers Blocking Support for Kinship Families. See related stories here

All children who live in foster care require financial support so their temporary families can provide them safe care and bring stability to their lives. But children removed from their homes by the Department of Child Safety (DCS) and placed with relatives or family friends – known as kinship families – are often missing the support that comes to licensed foster families.

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11 education bills to watch at the Arizona Capitol. See more state education news here

| February 12, 2019
11 education bills to watch at the Arizona Capitol. See more state education news here

Almost a year after the #RedForEd walkout, state lawmakers continue to face immense pressure from educators and parents to improve Arizona’s public schools. …

Legislators spent the first month of this year’s session introducing a flurry of education bills. Many won’t make it to even the first step toward becoming law — a public committee hearing and vote. 

But some have.

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First Things First February 2019 Parenting Newsletter

| February 4, 2019
First Things First February 2019 Parenting Newsletter

The Super Bowl is in the history books, but for families with young children, the game is never over. That’s because play is one of the best things you can do to support your child’s healthy development and learning. Check out the top plays!

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