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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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Next CASA Virtual Academy training to be held July 22, 23

| July 14, 2020
Next CASA Virtual Academy training to be held July 22, 23

The next CASA Virtual Academy training for those interested in becoming a CASA volunteer will be held July 22, 23.

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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Children’s Action Alliance opinion — Immigrant Families Should Not Be Excluded From COVID-19 Response

| July 14, 2020
Children’s Action Alliance opinion — Immigrant Families Should Not Be Excluded From COVID-19 Response

This moment makes it clear that each and every person’s health and well-being is intertwined. Yet, the policy response to the COVID-19 pandemic has explicitly left many immigrant families out. This is particularly troubling in Arizona where more than one in four children are growing up in an immigrant household. Immigrant households are heavily represented in front-line essential jobs and nearly 16 percent of small businesses are owned by a foreign-born Arizonan.

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Register for 2020 Virtual Meet the Candidates!

| July 7, 2020
Register for 2020 Virtual Meet the Candidates!

DON’T FORGET TO TUNE IN!

This year’s Arizona Capitol Times Meet the Candidates will be streamed live on YouTube at 6 p.m. each night from July 13 to July 17. You’ll have the opportunity to hear from the candidates, and interact with them by sending in questions. Don’t forget to register – they’re free to attend! 

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First Things First — Deadline Extended for Eddie Basha Award

| June 23, 2020
First Things First — Deadline Extended for Eddie Basha Award

You still have time to nominate your First Things First regional partnership council. First Things First is extending the deadline for submitting a nomination for the Eddie Basha Regional Partnership Council Excellence Award. The extension runs to Friday, June 26.

The award recognizes one regional council for inspiring its local community to come together and promote positive and lasting change in support of young children.

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Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence (AzCASE) — The 2020 Conference is Going Virtual on Oct. 17

| June 23, 2020
Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence (AzCASE) — The 2020 Conference is Going Virtual on Oct. 17

Safety of our conference attendees is one of our top priorities and an overwhelming number of you said you would feel safer going virtual. The 28th annual School’s Out, Make It Count conference will be virtual this year. Although we will miss seeing everyone in-person, there are some great advantages going online:

All attendees will have the opportunity to attend all the workshops, how you ask? We will have several days of live workshops and all workshops will be available for attendees to view for 2 weeks. That is 50+ workshops!

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