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May 2021

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Organizations unite to fight slide in childhood immunizations

The scramble to catch up on missed childhood immunizations, especially for preschoolers who will start kindergarten in the fall, has led to plans for several mobile, pop-up immunization events in northwest Arizona over the next few months. The goal is to increase childhood immunizations in one of the highest areas of need in the state.
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Calling communities to action to help support families during stressful times

A new child abuse prevention campaign, Lean on Me AZ, is focused on ways communities can help strengthen families. Lean stands for Listening. Empathy. Affirmation. Non-judgment. The campaign includes a toolkit that offers specific suggestions on how everyone can work to strengthen families through everyday words and actions.
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Early education careers help to empower women

A Phoenix-area nonprofit that helps women experiencing economic hardship to pursue college courses and begin professional careers is guiding many of those women to opportunities in early childhood education. Live & Learn works with dozens of women every year to earn their Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential and associate degree through the help of the FTF College Scholarship program and the Arizona Early Childhood Workforce Registry.

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

Roughly 113,000 Arizona kids would be eligible for universal preschool under President Biden’s ‘American Families Plan’
ABC15, April 29
Arizona preschool advocates say they are embracing President Joe Biden’s plan for “four more years of public education,” pointing to research that shows preschool is the path toward achievement.“Children with access to high-quality preschool tend to be more ready for kindergarten, do better in school, are more likely to graduate and more likely to matriculate in college,” said First Things First Chief Policy Advisor Liz Barker Alvarez.
County approves $10 million plan to fund early education programs for low-income families
Tucson Weekly, May 5
The Pima County Board of Supervisors recently voted 4-1 to approve a $10 million plan to fund early education scholarships for low-income families. It includes a partnership with First Things First, a state agency focused on early childhood development, to offer 560 additional scholarships to high-quality preschools within their “Quality First” system, which includes school districts, daycare centers and home care.
Early educators are important
West Valley View, May 5
OPINION: From birth to age, a child’s brain grows faster than any other time in life — making the early years our best opportunity to ensure kids are ready for success in school and in life. Early learning professionals who care for young children are building strong foundations for kids and for our state’s future. That’s why this month, I’m joining Arizona’s early childhood agency, First Things First, in recognizing the importance of early educators through #ShareTheCareAZ. – Dr. Carlian Dawson, Ed.D.
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