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‘Flagstaff Tooth Fairy’ Jenny Zamora-Garcia awarded inaugural Northern Arizona Oral Health Hero of the Year award

| February 23, 2021
‘Flagstaff Tooth Fairy’ Jenny Zamora-Garcia awarded inaugural Northern Arizona Oral Health Hero of the Year award

It’s a poorly kept secret that Flagstaff has its very own Tooth Fairy. Not to be confused with the Tinker Bell-esque pixie that exchanges monetary gifts for lost teeth, the “Flagstaff Tooth Fairy,” dental hygienist Jenny Zamora-Garcia, takes on a much more significant role in the community.

Often sporting a glistening tiara, wearable wings and a formal dress, Zamora-Garcia is known for her costumes and decades of dental service to the community.

“People don’t know my name, but they know I’m the Tooth Fairy,” Zamora-Garcia said. “And when I’m not dressed, they’ll ask, ‘Why didn’t you wear your wings?’”

This year Zamora-Garcia was recognized for her efforts in dental health as the recipient of the inaugural Northern Arizona Oral Health Hero of the Year award.

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First Things First — A network of support for child care providers

| February 23, 2021
First Things First — A network of support for child care providers

Nearly a year after the pandemic hit our state, it’s clear that its impact on Arizona’s child care providers will be long-lasting and industry-changing. In response, providers are turning to trusted programs, support from others who face similar challenges and new initiatives for help.

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CCC&Y now on Instagram

| February 23, 2021
CCC&Y now on Instagram

The Coconino Coalition for Children & Youth can now be found on Instagram HERE

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2021 Health and Welfare Resource Virtual Networking meetings in Coconino County

| February 22, 2021
2021 Health and Welfare Resource Virtual Networking meetings in Coconino County

A variety of  health and welfare resource networking meetings are held each month in Coconino County. The meetings are presented in local restaurants, libraries, health care agencies and other locations where health professionals and representatives from a variety of governmental and non-profit organizations share information on upcoming programs and events that benefit the health and welfare of children, youth, parents and seniors throughout the region.

The following is a listing of some of those meetings. Please send any updates to frank@coconinokids.org

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Next virtual Tuba City Child Abuse Prevention Meeting to be held on Feb. 23

| February 21, 2021
Next virtual Tuba City Child Abuse Prevention Meeting to be held on Feb. 23

The next virtual Tuba City Child Abuse Prevention Meeting will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23 on Microsoft Teams. We will be discussing scope of work, plans for the year, and our campaign for Child Abuse Prevention Month in April. Microsoft Teams meeting Join on your computer or mobile app.

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CCC&Y provides variety options to help families during 2021

| February 15, 2021
CCC&Y provides variety options to help families during 2021

At Coconino Coalition for Children & Youth, we’re working towards a world where every person lives in peace and is supported by a thriving, resilient community. We’ll make that vision a reality by igniting collective action that creates better lives for children and families.

To assist families in the coming year, CCC&Y will continue to support and expand a variety of programs we have initiated in 2020 with the assistance of a variety of partners in the region and statewide.They include:

The CCC&Y Family Connection, hosted every Monday from 2:30-3:30. The bilingual Zoom meeting is is a great way to connect with others countywide. Folks can join virtually or by phone. …

A variety of resources are also available for families and local professionals who work with families on CCC&Ys Prevention Webpage.

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First Things First — Oral health, positive parenting and raising awareness about early childhood

| January 26, 2021
First Things First — Oral health, positive parenting and raising awareness about early childhood

First Things First has joined with other state agencies and organizations to help more families understand the importance of early oral health and what they can do to help prevent tooth decay. The partners coordinated to launch the Healthy Teeth messaging and online content in time for February’s National Children’s Dental Health Month.

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Children’s Action Alliance — Latest Stimulus Bill Provides Much-Needed COVID Relief for Transition Aged Foster Youth

| January 26, 2021
Children’s Action Alliance — Latest Stimulus Bill Provides Much-Needed COVID Relief for Transition Aged Foster Youth

Thanks to the advocacy of thousands of young leaders throughout the nation, including Fostering Advocates Arizona, the latest federal stimulus package, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, contains much-needed COVID relief for young people transitioning from foster care.

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Connections Spotlight — CCC&Y discusses overcoming childhood trauma on KAFF County’s Pete’s Community Cafe

| January 26, 2021
Connections Spotlight — CCC&Y discusses overcoming childhood trauma on KAFF County’s Pete’s Community Cafe

Virginia Watahomigie, executive director of the Coconino Coalition for Children & Youth, recently sat down with KAFF Country for a Pete’s Community Cafe interview on childhood trauma issues impacting youth and families in the region and the use of techniques to promote healing, growth and build resiliency.

During the interview, Watahomigie discussed how CCC&Y tackles the issue through a variety of online training programs on its https://coconinokids.org/prevention/ webpage.

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Arizona Kith & Kin Project to present present live online classes for those who care for children in their homes

| January 19, 2021
Arizona Kith & Kin Project to present present live online classes for those who care for children in their homes

The Arizona Kith & Kin Project will present live online classes for those who care for children in their homes.

Do you care for children of friends or family in your home on the Navajo Nation?

Meet us for live classes online with others who care for children in their homes! Receive training, support, school readiness materials and safety equipment shipped directly to your home at no cost.

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