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Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence (AzCASE) — What could you do with $1,500?

| March 23, 2021
Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence (AzCASE) — What could you do with $1,500?

We are committed to helping you incorporate or expand the use of STEM-based learning in your program. That’s why we are once again partnering with Cox Communications to award a total of $15,000 in STEM grants ranging from $500 to $1,500. Applications will be reviewed by an independent judging panel with extra points given to programs that have signed the Make It Count Pledge and who have submitted an Assessment using the AzQSAT. Additional consideration will be given to programs that promote equity.

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Arizona College Access Network (AzCAN) — College Access Professional Trainings

| March 23, 2021
Arizona College Access Network (AzCAN) — College Access Professional Trainings

College & Career Advising for Special Populations
March 29 – April 30, 2021

This module, developed for practicing professional school counselors, pre-service school counselors, and college access professionals, includes six sessions that address the skills and knowledge required to help special population
students prepare for college and careers. Participants will be engaged in building knowledge and skills in several areas, including understanding and
identifying special populations, building support systems, academic planning and record keeping, postsecondary exploration, the college application process and financial aid.

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Connections Spotlight — Disinvestments in early education are hurting children and families

| March 23, 2021
Connections Spotlight — Disinvestments in early education are hurting children and families

Now a full year into the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, education at all levels has been impacted; in some ways, it’s forever changed. And the students who are most likely to face the longest-term effects are also the youngest.

In recently updated data, the Arizona Education Progress Meter showed a decline of 3% in Quality Early Learning over the past two years. Enrollment in quality early learning among Arizona 3- and 4-year-olds now stands at 19%, down from 22% two years ago. Arizona must take quick action to reverse this decrease and ensure all children have a strong start to their education, which is foundational to their future success and Arizona’s ability to meet the goals in the Education Progress Meter.

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March 23 — Parenting Arizona to present ‘Active Parenting First Five Years’ Free Online

| March 22, 2021
March 23 — Parenting Arizona to present ‘Active Parenting First Five Years’ Free Online

These workshops will show you:

What a baby’s cry means
Ages and stages of development
Building a strong bond
Your child’s growing brain Using mindfulness to keep your cool
Effective discipline young children can understand
Choices and consequences

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Coconino County seeking Program Coordinator, Recruiter and Trainer for CASA Program

| March 16, 2021
Coconino County seeking Program Coordinator, Recruiter and Trainer for CASA Program

Coconino County seeking a Program Coordinator, Recruiter and Trainer for Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program.

Some of the duties include:

Recruits new program volunteers through county-wide, community outreach to include tabling events, public speaking events, advertising, social media.
Ongoing development and implementation of a Recruitment Action Plan.
Maintain and monitor social media platforms. 
Create flyers using Microsoft Publisher, Adobe DC Pro, and other programs.
Maintain and monitor volunteer applications and processes.
Provide CASA Academy training per National CASA guidelines to new volunteers.
Assures program contract or regulatory compliance.
Prepares and maintains records and reports. Other administrative duties as needed.
Collaborate with State CASA office to create press releases and marketing tools. 

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Children’s Action Alliance — Last Week, a Good Week Indeed. American Rescue Plan Signed into Law

| March 16, 2021
Children’s Action Alliance — Last Week, a Good Week Indeed. American Rescue Plan Signed into Law

  Hello, The American Rescue Plan passed by Congress and signed by President Biden last week is a major victory for Arizona children and families. According to data released by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the expansion of the child tax credit alone will lift 112,000 Arizona children above the poverty line and […]

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Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health — New Fatherhood Program in Tuba City and Chinle Areas!

| March 16, 2021
Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health — New Fatherhood Program in Tuba City and Chinle Areas!

Azhe’é Bidziil (Strong Fathers):

Improving Outcomes Among Rural Native Fathers and Their Families

The new Strong Fathers program addresses community feedback about the need for a father-centered program to promote family wellness.

A program designed in collaboration with the Navajo Nation and White Mountain Apache Tribe.

Developed specially for Native communities, using components from evidence-based programs “Respecting the Circle of Life” and “Arrowhead Business Group”.

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Connections Spotlight — Attention Parents! We are looking for volunteers for virtual conversation en español on March 24

| March 15, 2021
Connections Spotlight —  Attention Parents! We are looking for volunteers for virtual conversation en español on March 24

We are looking for volunteers for a virtual conversation.

WHO: Parents of school-age children

WHAT: A small group conversation about opportunities and challenges in education

WHEN: Wednesday, March 24 — 6 to 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: This will be a virtual conversation. participation will require access to wi-fi and a device that can connect to ZOOM.

REGISTER TODAY: bit.ly@EMACoconino

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Pandemic reveals need for direct financial support of former foster youth

| March 9, 2021
Pandemic reveals need for direct financial support of former foster youth

Last week, Arizona’s Department of Child Safety was awarded nearly $10.5M in federal funding to provide much needed and long-awaited pandemic relief to older and former foster youth up to age 27. These supplemental funds were provided by the Supporting Foster Youth and Families Through the Pandemic Act, passed late last year as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, and are the result of advocacy by young people from across the country who lobbied Congress to provide direct financial assistance to youth with experience in foster care—most of whom have been left out of prior stimulus measures. While not new, hastened by the pandemic, the concept of providing direct, no-strings-attached cash payments to young adults who have aged out of foster care is taking root.   

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AzCAN March Newsletter

| March 9, 2021
AzCAN March Newsletter

Webinar: FAFSA 201 Advanced Topics
March 9, 2:00 – 3:00 PM
In this webinar, featuring Diana Mateer from College Depot, we will address complex questions that may arise when completing a FAFSA application, such as: Who’s the Parent?; Dependent or Independent?; Who’s in the Household?; Homeless and Foster Students; and Tax Transcripts. Register now. 

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