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LAUNCH Flagstaff monthly update

| April 3, 2020
LAUNCH Flagstaff monthly update

April is Child Abuse Prevention Monthand this is top of mind for me as we move through the COVID-19 pandemic and the looming economic recession that will likely follow.  The stress today on our families is unprecedented and my fear is that some children may bear the brunt of that reality.

The Coconino Coalition for Children and Youth recently published their Prevention Plan & Needs Assessment.  In the report, Virginia WatahomigieCCC&Y Executive Director says, “We can no longer say-this is not my problem. The effects of childhood trauma have tremendous costs to society, and it is imperative that we develop the understanding of why and what can be done.”

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KidsCare Premiums Waived During COVID-19 Emergency

| April 2, 2020
KidsCare Premiums Waived During COVID-19 Emergency

Great news! For the duration of the COVID-19 emergency, KidsCare health coverage premiums and any premium balances are waived! Arizona will also stop disenrollment of AHCCCS/Medicaid participants, unless the individual moves out of state or voluntarily opts out of coverage. Participants who were disenrolled during the month of March will have their coverage reinstated for the duration of the emergency.

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Salvation Army food pantry is STILL open!

| April 1, 2020
Salvation Army food pantry is STILL open!

The Salvation Army food pantry is STILL open! We have added delivery.

We understand that many families are facing the difficult decision of whether to go out in search of needed supplies or stay safe at home. We’re here to help, and are offering no-contact deliveries of items to residents.

Please call Monday or Wednesday between 9:00a-10:30a for delivery in the afternoon — 928-774-1403.

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Free Wednesday Webinars on parenting/working with children, dealing with stress, and building resilience!

| March 31, 2020
Free Wednesday Webinars on parenting/working with children, dealing with stress, and building resilience!

In honor of April Child Abuse Prevention Month, Prevent Child Abuse Arizona will hold free webinars at 10:00am on every Wednesday in April.

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CASA of Coconino County issues a Call to Arms for volunteers in response to the predicted impact of COVID-19

| March 31, 2020
CASA of Coconino County issues a Call to Arms for volunteers in response to the predicted impact of COVID-19

COCONINO COUNTY — CASA of Coconino County is in critical need to increase the number of dedicated members of the community to step up and become Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers, and help break the cycle of abuse and neglect, through supporting children and families. There are over 14,000 children in out of home […]

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FUSD, other districts, continue ‘Grab & Go’ Food Service for students

| March 31, 2020
FUSD, other districts, continue ‘Grab & Go’ Food Service for students

School districts across Coconino County have launched grab and go breakfast and lunch food service during the unanticipated school closures due to COVID-19 outbreak.

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United Way of Northern Arizona Begins Distributing COVID-19 Fund Grants

| March 31, 2020
United Way of Northern Arizona Begins Distributing COVID-19 Fund Grants

We hope that you are continuing to stay safe and stay positive during these trying times.

To help with the staying positive part, we are very happy to report that grants from the COVID-19 Fund established last week are already going out to recipients.

The first grant, made possible because of your donations, was awarded to the Boys and Girls Club of Flagstaff to help support it’s “Club on the Go” bags to keep our kids engaged and active.

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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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AZEdNews Podcast: How AZ schools are affected by COVID-19 closure. See more state education news here

| March 31, 2020
AZEdNews Podcast: How AZ schools are affected by COVID-19 closure. See more state education news here

With Arizona public schools closed until the end of the school year for the COVID-19 pandemic, the consequences for students, teachers and schools have been far-reaching, says Morgan Willis, intern for Arizona Education News Service.

Hear what Phoenix Union High School District‘s Supt. Dr. Chad Gestson and Save Our Schools Arizona‘s co-founder and spokesperson Dawn Penich-Thacker had to say about it.

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2020 Health and Welfare Resource Networking meetings in Coconino County

| March 30, 2020
2020 Health and Welfare Resource 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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