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First Things First — Resources to support young children and their families

| June 16, 2020
First Things First — Resources to support young children and their families

A 50% drop in referrals to Arizona’s Early Intervention Program since mid-March has partners looking at alternative ways to do screenings, such as through telehealth, and to reach parents about the importance of identifying disabilities and developmental delays as early as possible.

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STEM Saturdays — Equity in STEM Education

| June 16, 2020
STEM Saturdays — Equity in STEM Education

Equity in Afterschool Resources
Shared from Exploratorium

Tinkering can offer more equitable opportunities for STEM-rich learning by allowing students to bring their multiple ways of knowing into self-directed, inquiry-oriented work that connects science and art to everyday practices. Tinkering activities alone, however, cannot address the various systemic challenges impacting equity in STEM education. Exploratorium has compiled resources describing what these systemic challenges are and how policy makers, program leaders, and community members can strive to create more high-quality, STEM-rich learning opportunities.

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Coconino County Parks & Recreation — Summer events, fire restrictions, and the Census connection

| June 16, 2020
Coconino County Parks & Recreation — Summer events, fire restrictions, and the Census connection

All playgrounds, basketball courts, ramadas (including picnic tables and barbecue grills), and restroom facilities managed by Coconino County Parks & Recreation remain closed at this time.

We encourage you to engage in responsible physical and social distancing when recreating outdoors. Parks, natural areas, and trails managed by Coconino County are open for public enjoyment; this excludes Louise Yellowman County Park.

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Community Zoom Meeting to Discuss New Killip School to be held June 18

| June 16, 2020
Community Zoom Meeting to Discuss New Killip School to be held June 18

FLAGSTAFF — The DLR Group will be holding a virtual meeting to collect information from the community regarding the design & building of our new Killip Elementary School and Community Learning Center from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 18 at https://dlrgroup.zoom.us/j/9352055802, Meeting ID: 935 205 5802.

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Mindfulness Spotlight: An Attitude of Non-Judgement

| June 15, 2020
Mindfulness Spotlight: An Attitude of Non-Judgement

We are living in changing times. Everything is new, including new or amplified challenges. We often meet changes and problems with a myriad of feelings. Amidst current changes, I noticed I had been “should-ing” myself. Telling myself, I should be more focused. I should be punctual. I should reach out more. I should fix everything in my house. I shouldn’t make mistakes. I shouldn’t have negative feelings. However, I reminded myself that mindfulness is, paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, with an attitude of non-judgment. (Kabat-Zinn, 1994) Aha, an attitude of non-judgment.

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Connections Spotlight: CCC&Y presents free web resource — ‘Mindfulness for Professionals and Parents’

| June 15, 2020
Connections Spotlight: CCC&Y presents free web resource — ‘Mindfulness for Professionals and Parents’

CCC&Y has created Mindfulness for Professionals and Parents, an hour-long free webinar that highlights the importance mindfulness holds for both individuals and for those we are working with. Participants said:

“I felt better immediately at the beginning of the training!”

“Mindfulness is an important part of daily operations! We need to remember to take time for ourselves. I love the acronyms and will share with my NAU students!!!!”

“I found the training to be very relevant at this time in our lives.”

CCC&Y has multiple reasons for focusing on mindfulness as a strategy in our community.  We know the benefits it has for overall mental and physical health.  We know that it is a useful strategy to help with both substance abuse prevention and child abuse prevention.  Further, as Ruth King notes,

“When we are unconscious of how we affect each other, we are more likely to cause harm.  However, when nonharming is at the forefront of our awareness, it becomes an anchor, a way of reminding us, moment to moment, to pay attention- to live mindfully.”

In an effort to address how we treat each other and ourselves we invite you to explore more on this topic.  Let’s all work toward healing together!

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First Things First Navajo Nation Regional Partnership Council to host a virtual forum on June 15

| June 12, 2020
First Things First Navajo Nation Regional Partnership Council to host a virtual forum on June 15

The First Things First Navajo Nation Regional Partnership Council will host a virtual forum, designed to give participants – especially parents and caregivers of young children – an opportunity to increase their awareness of relevant early childhood topics. A panel of experts will discuss parenting in the time of coronavirus and social distancing and cover the following topics:

• comfort during stressful times
• early childhood activities at home

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Boys & Girls Club of Flagstaff to present Youth and Teen Camp through Aug. 7

| June 9, 2020
Boys & Girls Club of Flagstaff to present Youth and Teen Camp through Aug. 7

The Boys & Girls Club of Flagstaff will present Youth and Teen Camp from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday through Aug. 7.

Youth Camp: Ages 6-12, $150 per week, breakfast and lunch provided.

Teen Camp: Ages 13-18, week of July 6th-10 closed, free with / $20 membership

Contact madi.ford@bgcflag.org for more information.

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Bilingual update — Boys & Girls Club of Flagstaff to present Killip Summer Camp June 15 through July 24

| June 9, 2020
Bilingual update — Boys & Girls Club of Flagstaff to present Killip Summer Camp June 15 through July 24

Our Killip Summer Camp is gearing up for next week! If your child attends Killip during the school year, camp at this site is only $20 for the entire summer!

Email lexi.adelberg@bgcflag.org for more information.

See flyer for more details.

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Expect More Arizona — Tell Your Legislators to Protect Education Funding At Every Level!

| June 9, 2020
Expect More Arizona — Tell Your Legislators to Protect Education Funding At Every Level!

The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on nearly everything, including state revenues. As such, the state budget is expected to be a highly contested topic in the coming months. Now, more than ever, it’s important for you to contact your state legislators and convey the importance of protecting education funding, at every level.

While Arizona has received much-needed federal relief funds to supplement current state funding in the short term, and may see another stimulus package, those funds must not be used to supplant state education funding. Our entire education system will still not have adequate, sustainable resources to meaningfully and systemically tackle the achievement gap that has been ripped wide open by the pandemic.

Email your state legislators today and make sure they know education is your top priority and ALL of education – early childcare, K-12, and colleges and universities – is in desperate need of additional investments.

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