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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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Families brave weather to gather information at Page’s ‘Fishin’ After Dark’ wellness fair

| June 24, 2019
Families brave weather to gather information at Page’s ‘Fishin’ After Dark’ wellness fair

Strong gusty winds didn’t deter families and wellness providers from attending the inaugural “Fishin’ After Dark” wellness fair held June 17 at the John C. Page Memorial Park.

More than a dozen health providers and community service organizations were set up in the park during an event presented by the Community Wellness Collaboration comprised of Encompass Health Services, Banner Page Hospital and Canyonlands Health Care.

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‘Family Fun Day’ wellness fair returns to Tuba City

| June 24, 2019
‘Family Fun Day’ wellness fair returns to Tuba City

Hoop games and a bounce house for children, health and wellness information for parents — all could be found at the “Family Fun Day” wellness fair held June 19 at the Louise Yelloman Park in Tuba City.

Presented by the Coconino County Public Health Services District and AZ Health Zone, the celebration drew classes of school children, individual families and others to the park where health and community service organizations provided games for children and health information for parents including diabetes awareness, car safety seats and health food alternatives.

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Family Involvement Center (FIC) Flagstaff conducting surveys in Northern Coconino County, Navajo Nation

| June 24, 2019
Family Involvement Center (FIC) Flagstaff conducting surveys in Northern Coconino County, Navajo Nation

FrameShift Group (FSG) in partnership with the Family Involvement Center (FIC) Flagstaff office will assist the Coconino Regional Partnership Council (Council) in fully understanding the need to and interest in expanding the Well-Child and Family Care Strategy in the northern portion of the region, including the communities of Page, Fredonia and unincorporated communities of northern Coconino County, which includes communities on the Navajo Nation in the county.

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Children’s Action Alliance update — Great News on the Child Care Front

| June 24, 2019
Children’s Action Alliance update — Great News on the Child Care Front

Great news for Arizona children and families!  As a part of the state budget recently passed, the legislature finally granted the Department of Economic Security (DES) the authority to expend $56 million in new annual federal child care money.  

DES moved at lightning speed to begin using these new dollars to increase scholarship rates and to serve more children. Thank you to all the parents, champions, and partners who called for investment of these funds in these three changes:    

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CCC&Y Contributes to ‘2019 Town Hall Strong Families Thriving Children’ Report

| June 17, 2019
CCC&Y Contributes to ‘2019 Town Hall Strong Families Thriving Children’ Report

The Arizona Town Hall has created the comprehensive report “Strong Families Thriving Children,” that discusses various aspects of family life including the systems that exist to support them, ways families can have more positive experiences, and some of the struggles families face that compromise their life experiences.

Arizona Town Hall officials expect the report to be used a resource on this topic for years to come.

Virginia Watahomigie, M.ADM, executive director of the Coconino Coalition for Children & Youth, contributed to the “Community Capacity” section that begins on page 84 of the report.

“Arizona nonprofit agencies play a crucial and cost-effective role in the state’s prevention strategies and response to child welfare issues. Generally, missions of nonprofit agencies are geared toward meeting the long-term needs of our children and families, making nonprofits a strong defense and response system for the needs of our communities,” Watahomigie reported.

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Arizona Capitol Times Guest Opinion — State agency turns its back on kids who need support

| June 17, 2019
Arizona Capitol Times Guest Opinion — State agency turns its back on kids who need support

One of the guiding principles listed on the Arizona Department of Child Safety website is: “All Arizona’s children are safe and protected from harm.” But DCS’s actions make clear that the agency has a funny definition of the word “all.”

This legislative session, DCS successfully lobbied for a law, a floor amendment to SB 1539 introduced by Sen. Nancy Barto, that encourages the agency to cherry pick which children they will protect. The law gives the agency the chance to argue in court why children who have had run-ins with the juvenile justice system should not have the opportunity to be cared for by a foster parent.

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