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First Things First update for Jan. 22 — A first-year CEO reflection and a look ahead

| January 22, 2019
First Things First update for Jan. 22 — A first-year CEO reflection and a look ahead

One year ago, Marilee Dal Pra became chief executive officer of First Things First. As 2019 begins, she shares thoughts about her initial year leading the organization and her hopes for building on current collaborations and partnerships – and establishing new ones – to continue advancing First Things First’s mission to help all of Arizona’s youngest children learn, grow and succeed.

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Sesame Street Communities Presents: FREE Professional Development Registry

| January 22, 2019
Sesame Street Communities Presents: FREE Professional Development Registry

Hello Early Childhood Educators,

In conjunction with Sesame Street Communities, the Arizona Workforce Registry now provides two interactive courses and seven online, webinar learning bundles created for early childhood educators—whether you are working in a classroom, center-based program, or family child-care setting.  You can learn anytime, anywhere and these webinars are completely free and self-paced.

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Please consider making a donation to the Child Abuse Prevention fund on your Arizona State Income Tax Return

| January 22, 2019
Please consider making a donation to the Child Abuse Prevention fund on your Arizona State Income Tax Return

Please consider making a donation to the Child Abuse Prevention fund on your Arizona State Income Tax Return form (line 65).

The money raised supports In-Home Services that mentor vulnerable families so that children can have the safe, healthy childhoods they deserve.

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First Things First Call for Proposals — Early Childhood Summit 2019

| January 22, 2019
First Things First Call for Proposals — Early Childhood Summit 2019

First Things First is seeking proposals for breakout sessions to be presented at the 2019 Early Childhood Summit.

The Summit brings together early childhood professionals, stakeholders and supporters to learn, share and grow.

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Children’s Action Alliance seeking new Chief Executive Officer

| January 22, 2019
Children’s Action Alliance seeking new Chief Executive Officer

Children’s Action Alliance (CAA) seeks an exceptional Chief Executive Officer (CEO) who is committed to promoting the well-being of Arizona’s children and families through research, education, and advocacy efforts. This position begins in mid-June 2019.

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Expect More Arizona poll on education to be discussed at CCC&Y monthly board meeting on Jan. 22

| January 18, 2019
Expect More Arizona poll on education to be discussed at CCC&Y monthly board meeting on Jan. 22

The Coconino Coalition for Children & Youth will hold its first monthly board meeting of 2019 from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22 at the County Health and Community Services Building, 2625 N. King St., Pinon Room, Flagstaff.

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Navajo Nation Lawsuit — Mormon Church failed to keep child safe from abuse

| January 14, 2019
Navajo Nation Lawsuit — Mormon Church failed to keep child safe from abuse

Another member of the Navajo Nation is suing the Mormon church, saying he was abused in a now-defunct program that sent children into foster care for the school year.

Unlike similar lawsuits, the complaint filed Tuesday in tribal court doesn’t seek changes to the policies of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It seeks unspecified monetary damages for decades of alleged emotional harm, including attempted suicide.

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State Bill Aims to Reduce Teen Vaping. See related news here

| January 14, 2019
State Bill Aims to Reduce Teen Vaping. See related news here

Arizona Sen.-elect Heather Carter is proposing a bill to clear up the law so it is more difficult for teens to buy tobacco products, especially e-cigarettes.

Nearly 12 percent of U.S. high school students and 3 percent of middle school students use e-cigarettes, according to the 2017 National Youth Tobacco Survey.

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First Things First — Chores serve as learning moments for toddlers and preschoolers

| January 14, 2019
First Things First — Chores serve as learning moments for toddlers and preschoolers

As 2019 begins, millions of Americans set goals for themselves on things they would like to do or improve this year. For parents and caregivers of toddlers and preschoolers, this New Year’s tradition offers a wonderful opportunity to expand children’s learning through the introduction of everyday chores.

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Child advocate (and CCC&Y board member) Lina Wallen named Female Citizen of the Year

| January 8, 2019
Child advocate (and CCC&Y board member) Lina Wallen named Female Citizen of the Year

Lina Wallen did not believe it when she received a call nominating her to be the Arizona Daily Sun’s Female Citizen of the Year for 2018.

Wallen said people had joked with her before about the prospect, but when a former winner actually called her formally announcing her selection, she was in disbelief. A group of former winners populates the committee that selected Wallen for her strong and committed community activism.

“I couldn’t donate a million or a billion dollars, but I have time and I have expertise. That’s the way I give back,” Wallen said.

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