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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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Tuba City Child Abuse Prevention Council meeting on March 25 has been canceled

| March 23, 2020
Tuba City Child Abuse Prevention Council meeting on March 25 has been canceled

Due to the health and safety precautions being put in place, the Tuba City CAP Council will have to suspend all meetings and public activities until further notice. This includes the CAP Council meeting we had scheduled for next Wednesday the 25th

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POSTPONED: 2020 Annual CCC&Y Prevention Conference

| March 23, 2020
POSTPONED: 2020 Annual CCC&Y Prevention Conference

The 2020 Annual CCC&Y Prevention Conference has been postponed due to the ongoing Coronavirus emergency. Our hearts and thoughts are with those who are currently being deeply disrupted during this time.  We know this change will be deeply supported by all of our partners and this challenge pales in comparison to what many are going through now. We are working on rescheduling the event to June, or in a few months depending on the status of the Coronavirus emergency. More details to come. 

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Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence (AzCASE) — Is Your Program Offering Child Care Services?

| March 17, 2020
Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence (AzCASE) — Is Your Program Offering Child Care Services?

By now you’ve heard Governor Ducey has issued mandatory school closing for all Arizona’s schools through at least March 27th. This includes all school base out-of-school time programs.

If any of you are offering programming for working families during this school closure, please let us know so we can include your program on our Special Family Resources Page.

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Arizona Education Association — March 7 Legislative Update

| March 10, 2020
Arizona Education Association — March 7 Legislative Update

Great job, activists! Thanks to your efforts last week, SB1234 passed in the House Education Committee. Next step is getting it through the House Appropriations Committee. SB1234 would fully restore District Additional Assistance, a goal AEA has worked towards since it was first cut.

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