First Things First — Putting a spotlight on early childhood

| April 21, 2020

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News and happenings about First Things First

April 2020

Thanking our child care community for their service

As the coronavirus outbreak hit Arizona last month, the importance of child care providers to families, to our communities and to the economy became clear. Especially in uncertain times, early childhood educators provide families the support they need and for that, we thank our state’s entire child care workforce.

We invite you to join us in sending notes of gratitude via your social media using #ShareTheCareAZ. Please post a photo of you and your child sharing a message of thanks and be sure to include your AZ town/city in your post. On national child care Provider Appreciation Day on May 8, we’ll showcase some of the posts across the state.

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Bringing early childhood to the top of the class

First Things First’s Amy Corriveau, chief program officer, was recently a guest on Grand Canyon University’s podcast for current and future teachers, Top of the Class. She spoke on topics including how to establish a stable environment for young children.
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Number of early educators earning child development credential in FTF La Paz/Mohave Region soars

The La Paz/Mohave Professional Development Program, which is funded by FTF, has increased the number of early educators with a CDA Credential in the region from single digits in 2015 to more than 60 in 2019.
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News Round-Up

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

First Things First provides resources for families with young kids
Sedona Red Rock News, April 8

As families spend more time at home, First Things First has rounded up some resources that remind parents that everyday moments matter most when it comes to young children’s development.
 
How the 2020 Census helps Arizona’s youngest children
KGUN 9, April 8
First Things First’s Angela Mussi
spoke with Alex Steiniger from Morning Blend on the importance of filling out the 2020 Census, especially reminding families to count the babies, toddlers and preschoolers in their families. In 2010, about 1 million children under age 5 were uncounted, the largest of any group.
 
How the coronavirus is influencing children’s play
The Atlantic, April 1
Play is children’s language and parents shouldn’t be concerned if the pandemic has been showing up in kids’ games lately.
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