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

| July 15, 2019
Connections Spotlight: 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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Save the Date: Kevin Campbell returns to Northern Arizona on Oct. 29

| July 15, 2019
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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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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2019 Health and Welfare Resource Networking meetings in Coconino County

| July 15, 2019
2019 Health and Welfare Resource Networking meetings in Coconino County

A variety of  health and welfare resource networking meetings are held each month in Coconino County. The meetings are presented in local restaurants, libraries, health care agencies and other locations where health professionals and representatives from a variety of governmental and non-profit organizations share information on upcoming programs and events that benefit the health and welfare of children, youth, parents and seniors throughout the region.

The following is a listing of some of those meetings. Please send any updates to frank@coconinokids.org

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

| July 15, 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. Also receive information on Summertime Meals for Youth in Coconino County

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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 Coalition for Insurance Parity conducting survey

| July 8, 2019
Arizona Coalition for Insurance Parity conducting survey

Please fill out this survey if you, or someone you know, has been unable to access needed behavioral health services, had to go “out of network” for care, or had a claim denied for mental health and/or substance use disorder treatment. The information you provide will help us to shape public policy and influence legislation in order to move us towards full parity implementation and mental health equity.

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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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First Things First — Tips for reading with your toddler, water safety and learning through outdoor play

| July 1, 2019
First Things First — Tips for reading with your toddler, water safety and learning through outdoor play

Click here for the entire e-newsletter   July 2019   Video: Top 5 tips for reading with your toddler This episode of FTF’s Parents Playbook breaks down the top tips for sharing books with your toddler. Reading together now will help them be a good reader later on. And it’s fun. Watch   Preventing toddler […]

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Expect More Arizona update for July 1 — Great Things Are Happening in Education

| July 1, 2019
Expect More Arizona update for July 1 — Great Things Are Happening in Education

The Expect More 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. It is important to identify the programs and initiatives we know are working so they can be celebrated and potentially replicated. Check out these Excellence Tour stories from June.

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