First Things First — Arizona tribal communities show resilience in serving children and families through pandemic

| October 20, 2020

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October 2020

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Arizona tribal communities show resilience in serving children and families through pandemic

To celebrate national Native American Heritage Month, FTF is sharing stories about our partnerships and work in tribal communities throughout November. We start with a story about how early childhood services were impacted in some of Arizona’s tribal communities during COVID-19 and how providers have adapted to support children and families.
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New online tool helps Spanish-speaking parents find programs and services in their area

Encuentre Servicios is a companion to FTF’s Find Programs online tool, which provides an easy way for parents, grandparents and other caregivers to learn about no-cost programs and services funded by FTF in their communities.
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Court Teams in Maricopa County improve the lives of babies and toddlers in the child welfare system

Over the past decade, FTF has helped build and grow efforts to better address the needs of children in the child welfare system. This work has expanded to cover all of Maricopa County and includes training for judicial staff, as well as support for families to connect with needed resources to work toward reunification.
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News Round-Up

News about early childhood around Arizona and across the U.S.

How Tucson will help families pay for child care amid COVID-19
The Arizona Daily Star, Sept. 27
The Tucson mayor and council recently voted to spend $500,000 to directly help economically strapped families pay for child care. The money comes from the city’s federal CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act) allotment.
 
Arizona Department of Education receives $20M language, literacy grant
KTAR News, Sept. 26
The Arizona Department of Education has received a $20 million grant to improve language and literacy skills of underserved children. The award will be divided into 15-25 sub-grants to be spread to learners from early care and preschool through high school. “Children begin developing language and pre-literacy skills long before they enter kindergarten,” said Marilee Dal Pra, chief executive officer of First Things First.
 
Monitor young children’s screen time
Ahwatukee Foothills News, Oct. 1
“Families should recognize that this is a unique time in everybody’s lives,” said Katherine Willard, First Things First’s senior director of family support. “While access to technology has been a resource during COVID-19, it’s important to remember that the best way children learn is through interactions with a trusted caregiver.”
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