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Connections Spotlight: First Things First — Ensuring a complete count of Arizona’s youngest children in the 2020 census

| July 15, 2019
Connections Spotlight: First Things First — Ensuring a complete count of Arizona’s youngest children in the 2020 census

An estimated 5% of kids under age 5 were missed in the 2010 census. That’s about 1 million young children, the highest of any single age group. The U.S. Census is asking early childhood supporters to help close that gap in 2020.

Here are a few things you can do to help ensure more young kids are counted: Explain that filling out the census yourself only takes about 10 minutes. And emphasize that parents should include babies on census forms, even if they are still in the hospital on April 1.

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Save the Date: Kevin Campbell returns to Northern Arizona on Oct. 29

| July 15, 2019
Save the Date: Kevin Campbell returns to Northern Arizona on Oct. 29

Kevin Campbell, an internationally known youth permanency expert and founder of the Center for Family Finding and Youth Connectedness, will return to Flagstaff for the presentation “Self-Healing Communities- a wide-scale prevention strategy for Coconino County,” on Tuesday, Oct. 29.

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Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence (AzCASE) update for July 13 — Start a FREE Girls Who Code Club Today!

| July 15, 2019
Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence (AzCASE) update for July 13 — Start a FREE Girls Who Code Club Today!

Join students and educators across the country by partnering with Girls Who Code to bring computer science opportunities to elementary, middle, and high school girls in your community! Girls Who Code Clubs are FREE afterschool programs for 3rd-5th or 6th-12th grade girls to join a sisterhood of supportive peers and role models and use computer science to change the world.

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LAUNCH Flagstaff — What We’re Reading

| July 15, 2019
LAUNCH Flagstaff — What We’re Reading

Here’s a sample of what some of the partners of LAUNCH Flagstaff are currently reading.  I hope you’ll find this information useful too.

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2019 Health and Welfare Resource Networking meetings in Coconino County

| July 15, 2019
2019 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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2019 Summer Camps in Region. Also get Summer Meals for Youth Information Here

| July 15, 2019
2019 Summer Camps in Region. Also get Summer Meals for Youth Information Here

With the end of the school year and summer rapidly approaching, time is running short for parents to search for information on summer camps and other educational programs for their children. The following is our latest listing of summer camps in the region. Also receive information on Summertime Meals for Youth in Coconino County

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Connections Spotlight: United Way of Northern Arizona’s KinderCamp receives major contribution from Wells Fargo

| July 8, 2019
Connections Spotlight: United Way of Northern Arizona’s KinderCamp receives major contribution from Wells Fargo

This year’s KinderCamp™ classes have just wrapped up, and the program got a terrific graduation present – a $20,000 donation from Wells Fargo.

“We understand the importance of investing in early childhood education for our local youth,” said Wells Fargo District Manager Misty Shepherd. “KinderCamp provides a bridge between each child’s individual early learning experience and the formal kindergarten program. Wells Fargo is proud to support the United Way and its partners in this summer ‘boot camp’ that ensures all students are ready on the first day of kindergarten.”

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Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence (AzCASE) update for July 8 — National Summer Learning Week Special

| July 8, 2019
Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence (AzCASE) update for July 8 — National Summer Learning Week Special

Led by the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA), National Summer Learning Week elevates the importance of keeping all kids learning, safe, and healthy during the summer.

On July 8-13, the country will unite in advocacy efforts and celebrations hosted by hundreds of partner organizations from libraries to parks and recreation centers and civic and non-profit groups to promote awareness of the importance of keeping kids healthy and engaged during the summer.

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First Things First — You still have time to support Early Childhood Summit 2019

| July 1, 2019
First Things First — You still have time to support Early Childhood Summit 2019

You still have time to join more than 1,400 early childhood supporters at the Phoenix Convention Center for the First Things First Early Childhood Summit 2019.

We have a few spots left for sponsor and exhibitor/advertiser opportunities for this very special event. These places will be filled in the next two weeks, so please put in your application today!

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Sept. 14 — 2019 Arizona Grandparent Ambassadors Summit to be held in Phoenix

| July 1, 2019
Sept. 14 — 2019 Arizona Grandparent Ambassadors Summit to be held in Phoenix

The 2019 Arizona Grandparent Ambassadors Summit to be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Salvation Army Kroc Center, 1375 E. Broadway Road, Phoenix.

A day of networking, advocacy, education and fun!

For all grandparents raising grandchildren, all relative placements, unlicensed non-relative placements and professionals who work in the kinship care field. DCS and non-DCS families are welcome!

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