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The 31st Annual Flagstaff Festival of Science is going virtual, September 18-27

| June 30, 2020
The 31st Annual Flagstaff Festival of Science is going virtual, September 18-27

Hello, Festival of Science Fans!

We are excited to announce that the 31st Annual Flagstaff Festival of Science, September 18-27,2020, is going virtual!

Despite the COVID-19 global public health crisis, we remain dedicated to connecting and inspiring the people of northern Arizona with the wonders of science and the joys of scientific discovery. We are also committed to keeping our community safe, and will closely follow the advice of scientific experts, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Bilingual update — Summer food programs available in Coconino County

| June 30, 2020
Bilingual update — Summer food programs available in Coconino County

By the Coconino Coalition for Children & Youth A variety of summer food programs are available in Coconino County. *** The Flagstaff Unified School District “Grab and Go” food service program continues through July 31, 2020 while the meal service at Kinsey Elementary School will be shifting to a mobile service beginning Monday, June 22.  […]

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Arizona’s Children Association to present 8-session Virtual FREE Parenting Workshop starting July 22

| June 30, 2020
Arizona’s Children Association to present 8-session Virtual FREE Parenting Workshop starting July 22

The Arizona’s Children Association will present an 8-week Virtual Parenting Workshop: “Early Childhood STEP” from July 22 through Sept. 9.

The 8-session series emphasizes positive parent-child relationships. Parents will learn to encourage cooperative behaviors by providing a consistent, loving environment. 

Topics include:

Child & Brain Development
Understanding  Young Children’s Behavior
Building Self-Esteem 
Family Communication
Helping Children Cooperate
Positive Discipline
Social and Emotional Development

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The Latest News from College Success Arizona

| June 30, 2020
The Latest News from College Success Arizona

Since the launch of the Arizona Postsecondary Student Resiliency Fund, Helios Education Foundation and College Success Arizona have distributed over $300,000 to more than 700 students across Arizona to help provide immediate assistance to college students affected by COVID-19. These funds have assisted with educational expenses, housing expenses, technology expenses, as well as other immediate needs.

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Featured speakers announced for virtual First Things First Summit

| June 30, 2020
Featured speakers announced for virtual First Things First Summit

First Things First is offering a free, virtual Early Childhood Summit on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 as an alternative to our traditional in-person conference due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

The day-long virtual conference will offer six breakout sessions and the following featured speakers:

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Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence announces upcoming webinars

| June 30, 2020
Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence announces upcoming webinars

As we head into summer and prepare for fall, a key will be identifying high-quality activities that help children to continue learning, growing and exploring – wherever they are.

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Expect More Arizona reports on school reopening plan

| June 30, 2020
Expect More Arizona reports on school reopening plan

On Wednesday, June 24, Governor Ducey issued an executive order and a plan to use federal funds to address some of the questions and concerns of public schools who are grappling with the task of how best to proceed with the 2020-21 school year. 

The Governor announced one-time federal funding investments of $270 million from the Governor’s Office and $25 million from the Arizona Department of Education.

Check out our blog for details on how the funding will be allocated, the importance of the executive order and where we go from here. 

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Local Education Spotlight: Madi Olson awarded child abuse prevention scholarship. See more local education news here

| June 30, 2020
Local Education Spotlight:  Madi Olson awarded child abuse prevention scholarship. See more local education news here

Madison Olson, a senior at Williams High School, received a $500 scholarship from the Coconino Coalition for Children & Youth (CCC&Y).

The council created the annual Child Abuse Prevention Essay contest so that Williams High School Seniors could describe what the community can do to help prevent and respond to child abuse and childhood trauma.

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Video: Gov. delays in-person classes to Aug. 17 due to rise in COVID-19. See more state education news here

| June 30, 2020
Video: Gov. delays in-person classes to Aug. 17 due to rise in COVID-19. See more state education news here

Gov. Doug Ducey delayed the re-opening of schools’ in-person classes until August 17 due to the increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases during a news conference this afternoon.

“We also want to bring as much certainty as possible for Arizona schools. Of course, our objective is to educate our kids as best as possible in the safest environment,” Gov. Ducey said.

“It is an unfortunate, but necessary decision to delay students’ return to their classrooms,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman. “But with Arizona’s COVID cases hitting new highs every week, it is clearly not yet safe for students and teachers to return to school facilities.”

“We’ll continuously re-evaluate this target date working closely with Supt. Hoffman with the objective to educate our children safely and successfully,” Gov. Ducey said.

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What Parents Can Learn From Child Care Centers That Stayed Open During Lockdowns. See more national education news here

| June 30, 2020
What Parents Can Learn From Child Care Centers That Stayed Open During Lockdowns. See more national education news here

When Arizona schools shut down in mid-March to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Tatiana Laimit, a nurse in Phoenix, knew she needed a backup plan. Laimit is a single mother of a 6-year-old girl and had recently relocated to the area. She didn’t have any friends or family nearby to ask for help.

It was past 8 on a Friday night when she shot off an email to her local YMCA to ask if they were providing emergency care for the children of front-line workers. “And immediately [someone] responded and let me know, ‘Yes.’ ”

Throughout the pandemic, many child care centers have stayed open for the children of front-line workers — everyone from doctors to grocery store clerks. YMCA of the USA and New York City’s Department of Education have been caring for, collectively, tens of thousands of children since March, and both tell NPR they have no reports of coronavirus clusters or outbreaks. As school districts sweat over reopening plans, and with just over half of parents telling pollsters they’re comfortable with in-person school this fall, public health and policy experts say education leaders should be discussing and drawing on these real-world child care experiences.

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