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Commentary: Will You Join Me to Honor Dana and Support Children’s Action Alliance?

| August 5, 2019
Commentary: Will You Join Me to Honor Dana and Support Children’s Action Alliance?

After 27 years at Children’s Action Alliance, Dana Wolfe Naimark will step down at the end of this month, leaving a strong organization ready for its next steps. … I can think of no better way to honor Dana’s achievements than to declare our resolve to improve health, education, and security for all of Arizona’s children.

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2019 Summer Camps in Region. Also get Summer Meals for Youth Information Here

| August 5, 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.

If your summer camp is missing from our list, please send information to frank@coconinokids.org so we can update our listing.

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Connections Spotlight: CCC&Y presents ‘Prevention through Resiliency: Impacting Community’ at Statewide Child Abuse Prevention Conference

| August 5, 2019
Connections Spotlight: CCC&Y presents ‘Prevention through Resiliency: Impacting Community’ at Statewide Child Abuse Prevention Conference

“Prevention through Resiliency: Impacting Community” was the subject of Virginia Watahomigie’s presentation at the 25th annual Statewide Child Abuse Prevention Conference, held July 23, 24 at the Wigwam Resort, Litchfield Park.

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Action & Outreach Spotlight: Small changes can create a safer, more inclusive, trauma sensitive school

| July 22, 2019
Action & Outreach Spotlight: Small changes can create a safer, more inclusive, trauma sensitive school

Sometimes student behaviors occur without warning, so developing ways to help students deal with stresses and providing teachers and school staff with trauma sensitive training so they can help are critically important.

“A lot of our students come from backgrounds where they’ve experienced trauma, and I think it’s our job as educators to be able to educate them in the best way possible,” said Jeff Martin, a language arts teacher at Osborn Middle School. “I think that comes from learning how to inform our own practices about trauma.”

Creating boundaries, developing a support resource team, and finding ways to prevent compassion fatigue helps make classrooms and schools safer and more inclusive, said Meghan Stogner, MPC, a program manager for school-based services with Touchstone Health Services, which provides on-campus behavioral health services at 41 Arizona schools.

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

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

| July 15, 2019
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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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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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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