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First Things First update for March 5

| March 11, 2019
First Things First update for March 5

Children’s books open a world of words and ideas. Read Across America celebrates the birthday of Dr. Seuss and encourages everyone to pick up a book and read with a child. No one knows more about children’s books than your friendly neighborhood librarian, so we asked Wendy Resnik of the Phoenix Public Library to share her thoughts on the joy of books and tips for reading together with young children.

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April 11 — Space still available for the Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence ‘RESILIENCE — The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope’ in Flagstaff

| March 8, 2019
April 11 — Space still available for the Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence ‘RESILIENCE — The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope’ in Flagstaff

The Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence will present the documentary “RESILIENCE — The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope” from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, April 11 at the Flagstaff Aquaplex, 1702 N. Fourth St., Flagstaff.

Stay after the viewing for a Q&A session with local experts, including Virginia Watahomigie, executive director of the Coconino Coalition for Children & Youth.

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Tynkertopia provides safe, welcoming space for students, others to build STEM / STEAM skills

| March 4, 2019
Tynkertopia provides safe, welcoming space for students, others to build STEM / STEAM skills

Those looking for a place to develop their STEM / STEAM skills need look no further than to drop by Tynkertopia on Fourth Street in Flagstaff.Once stepping through the door, students, teachers, parents, artists, crafters, inventors, makers and tynkerers of any age, will find a space where partners work together to share expertise, resources and responsibility for achieving mutual goals, according to founder Dr. Alice Christie.

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First Things First update for March 4 — Deadline extended to March 8 for 2019 Early Childhood Summit

| March 4, 2019
First Things First update for March 4 — Deadline extended to March 8 for 2019 Early Childhood Summit

First Things First is extending the deadline for submitting proposals for breakout sessions to be presented at the 2019 Early Childhood Summit. The extension runs to Friday, March 8, 2019. Please submit your proposal before this final deadline.

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Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence update for March 4 — 2019 Conference Photo Winner

| March 4, 2019
Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence update for March 4 — 2019 Conference Photo Winner

2019 Conference Photo WinnerICAN Positive Programs for YouthThis year we had 50 photo submissions for the 2019 Conference Photo Contest. The 27th Annual School’s Out, Make It Count conference will feature ICAN’s winning photo.

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Expect More Arizona Excellence Tour

| March 4, 2019
Expect More Arizona Excellence Tour

The Expect More Arizona 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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Coconino Coalition for Children & Youth announces 2019 Caring for Children Award winners

| February 25, 2019
Coconino Coalition for Children & Youth announces 2019 Caring for Children Award winners

They include a policy leader who has advocated for early and developmentally disabled childhood education programs throughout Coconino County; an individual who has served nearly three decades strengthening and keeping families together in Northern Arizona; a Flagstaff native and 24-year elementary school principal who has promoted a variety of programs that support the educational and well-being of local youth and their families; a long-serving shelter advocate who provides youth the life skills they need to become successful and productive adults; an elementary and high school soccer coach who has sought to instill leadership and teamwork skills in the players he has worked with; a community leader whose efforts have provided a variety of afterschool, weekend and summer programs in Page.

The Coconino Coalition for Children and Youth (CCC&Y) congratulates the 2019 Caring for Children Award recipients, who will be honored during the 2019 Child Abuse Prevention Conference and Luncheon — “Healing Collective Trauma through Community Connections” — April 18 in Flagstaff.

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Page Resident Wins Caring for Children Award

| February 25, 2019
Page Resident Wins Caring for Children Award

In April, one of Page’s own will be honored in Flagstaff at the 2019 Coconino Coalition for Children & Youth Conference. Debbie Winlock, the Page Community Service Director will be receiving the Caring for Children Award.

Of 16 nominees only six were chosen this year. We spoke with Virginia Watahomigie, Executive Direction for the Coconino Coalition for Children & Youth, and she was kind enough to provide us some insight as to how Debbie was chosen for this amazing award

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NAU child care program provides relief for student parents

| February 25, 2019
NAU child care program provides relief for student parents

While being a parent can be time-consuming, it can also be one of the most satisfying experiences in life.

Trying to earn a degree while raising a child, however, poses challenges at times. Northern Arizona University’s Childcare Voucher Program hopes to provide some relief for student parents.

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First Things First update for Feb. 25 — Final week to submit your proposal

| February 25, 2019
First Things First update for Feb. 25 — Final week to submit your proposal

First Things First is now accepting proposals for breakout sessions to be presented at the 2019 Early Childhood Summit. This year we have an earlier deadline of March 1. This is the final week to submit your proposal.

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