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| October 19, 2021
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October 2021

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Indigenous food revival helps young children be healthy in body, mind and spirit

As Arizona’s early childhood agency, First Things First partners with several Arizona tribes as they work to reclaim indigenous foods, often starting by introducing traditional foods to their communities’ babies, toddlers and preschoolers.
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Free online trainings offered to support state’s child care workforce during challenging times

To help with challenges caused by child care worker shortages and high turnover rates, members of the Arizona Early Childhood Workforce Registry will soon have access to professional development classes through the ChildCare Education Institute. First Things First is providing funding for one-year subscriptions for many early childhood professionals, especially targeting those who are new to the field. 
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New community leaders bring both past experiences and fresh perspectives to the FTF Board

The First Things First Board recently welcomed two new members – including a longtime champion of children’s issues in Arizona and someone new to early childhood, but experienced in important areas of FTF’s work. Steve Lynn of Tucson and Bea Rocklin of Phoenix both joined the Board at the end of August.
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News Round-Up

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

How other nations pay for child care. The U.S. is an outlier.

The New York Times, Oct. 6
Rich countries contribute an average of $14,000 per year for a toddler’s care, compared with $500 in the U.S. The current draft of the child care plan in the Build Back Better Act includes plans to make attendance at licensed child care free for the lowest-earning families, and it would cost no more than 7% of family income for those earning up to double the state’s median income.


Advocates calling for more child care funding to help small businesses

KJZZ’s The Show, Aug. 28
Thomas Barr, vice president of business development for Local First Arizona spoke about the importance of child care.  “Especially over the last 18 months through the pandemic what we found is that the need for resources for child care has just exponentially grown for our smallest of businesses, especially in Arizona,” Barr said.

Early childhood teachers in Yavapai County are learning ways to support social-emotional development of children

Prescott Woman, October/November
Locally, the First Things First Yavapai Regional Partnership Council funds early childhood mental health consultation as a strategy to expand the skills of early childhood professionals to support the social and emotional development of children in their care

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