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2020 Legislative, Media Contacts

| January 1, 2020
2020 Legislative, Media Contacts

Your Voice Want to express your feelings about the state of education? Please try these handy links. Easy Way to Weigh in on Education Bills: Request to Speak   Quick links —  Click here to contact the White House Click here to contact the U.S. Congress Click here to contact Arizona elected officials Click here to […]

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Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence (AzCASE) — Message from Our Executive Director

| December 20, 2019
Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence (AzCASE) — Message from Our Executive Director

As another decade draws to a close, I am struck by the work and progress that has happened in the field of out-of-school time. A growing body of research confirms what we already knew-that afterschool and summer programming are a vital part of youth success, social-emotional learning, 21st century skill building and resilience. Here at the Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence (AzCASE) we like to think we have played a part in improving quality and access to out-of-school time programming in our state.

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Coffee with a CASA to be held Dec. 17 at Late for the Train

| December 16, 2019
Coffee with a CASA to be held Dec. 17 at Late for the Train

“Coffee with a CASA” will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17 at Late for the Train, 1800 Fort Valley Road,, Flagstaff.

You are invited to join us for a casual conversation about the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Program. CASA Volunteers are everyday people appointed by a judge to review a case of abuse or neglect.

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Connections Spotlight: CCC&Y awarded Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Council contract for Coconino County

| December 16, 2019
Connections Spotlight: CCC&Y awarded Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Council contract for Coconino County

CCC&Y was recently awarded the Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Council contract for Coconino County through the Department of Child Safety.  This means we will be changing from having 2 councils (Williams and Flagstaff) to a county-wide structure.  CAP councils are found throughout the state, made of groups of volunteers wanting to make a difference by raising awareness and prevention strategy in the community.  Please email Executive Director, Virginia Watahomigie, at virginia@coconinokids.org if you are interested in being an official member of the Coconino CAP Council or if you would like to learn more about this important volunteer opportunity.

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CCC&Y’s monthly board meeting to be held on Dec. 16

| December 10, 2019
CCC&Y’s monthly board meeting to be held on Dec. 16

The Coconino Coalition for Children & Youth will hold its next monthly board meeting from noon to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16 at the County Health and Community Services Building, 2625 N. King St., Ponderosa Room, Flagstaff.

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Connections Spotlight: CCC&Y to launch ‘Prevention Spotlight’ in 2020. Seeking partner submissions

| December 9, 2019
Connections Spotlight: CCC&Y to launch ‘Prevention Spotlight’ in 2020. Seeking partner submissions

In January 2020, the Coconino Coaltion for Children & Youth will launch a new Prevention Spotlight. We would like to feature stories and information that raises awareness, support and prevention strategy for our community such as youth resiliency, child abuse prevention, and substance use prevention and intervention in Coconino County. We welcome our non-profit partners and members to share their good work and resources by inviting contribution to our regular Prevention Spotlight. Please submit your columns and information (400-word limit) to frank@coconinokids.org. The following is an example.)

Although drug use and abuse in Coconino County is not as prevalent as alcohol, over (2021-2016) drug abuse hospitalizations increased at a rate 3.9 times quicker than alcohol. Among Arizona youths, the percentage with experience using ecstasy, methamphetamine, non-medical over the counter drugs, cocaine, non-medical pain relievers, and hallucinogens were higher than that what was reported across the state.

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Arizona College Access Network (AzCAN) — Strategies for Building a School wide Culture of College and Career Readiness: Lessons from Flagstaff High School on December 12.

| December 3, 2019
Arizona College Access Network (AzCAN) — Strategies for Building a School wide Culture of College and Career Readiness: Lessons from Flagstaff High School on December 12.

Our members at Flagstaff High School are hosting a webinar to discuss how they collaborated with school leaders and college access partners to develop systems that support building CCR and how those efforts align with district-level planning. Attendees will learn the strategies and tools used by Flag High to implement CCR within their own community. Register now. 

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First Things First — Best gifts and toys for young kids

| December 3, 2019
First Things First — Best gifts and toys for young kids

Check out our interactive guide to low-cost (or free) toys and gifts for babies, toddlers and preschoolers that encourage their learning and development. They don’t need fancy toys or electronic gadgets. Quality time with you — talking, reading and playing — is the best gift you can give your child this holiday season or anytime.

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Expect More Arizona — Great Things Are Happening in Education

| December 3, 2019
Expect More Arizona — Great Things Are Happening in Education

The Expect More 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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Connections Spotlight: Louge to take reins as Prevent Child Abuse Arizona director

| December 2, 2019
Connections Spotlight: Louge to take reins as Prevent Child Abuse Arizona director

Rebecca “Becky” Ruffner is about to start a new chapter in her life.

As she turns the page, the 72-year-old founder and executive director of Prevent Child Abuse Arizona, who will retire her post on Dec. 31, is confident the agency’s new leader is poised and ready for the task.

The agency on Wednesday announced the promotion of Training Director Claire Louge to Ruffner’s role upon her retirement.

Since 2014, Louge has served as an agency trainer, both for local and statewide events.

From upstate New York, Louge has a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in human development and a master’s degree in human relations from Northern Arizona University. She is a graduate of the American Express Leadership Academy at the Arizona State University Lodestar Center.

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