First Things First — Supporting young children during uncertain times

| March 23, 2020

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News and happenings about First Things First

March 2020

Tips for talking with young children about the coronavirus

We know that young children are especially sensitive to situations causing stress in their environments and among their adult caregivers. Find helpful information and resources to help support young children emotionally as families face concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19).
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New FTF awareness campaign highlights the lifelong impact of early learning

First Things First launched its new statewide awareness campaign — Early Learning, Lifelong Impact — which reminds Arizonans that the learning that young children do today, builds the brain connections they’ll need to succeed in school and in life tomorrow.  
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Week of the Young Child spotlights quality early education and honors educators

Many First Things First regions are partnering with local organizations to recognize the annual Week of the Young Child, which this year falls during April 11-17 and is hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
Find ways to participate

Gaining a first-time classroom experience before the first day of school

The First Things First Transition to Kindergarten Strategy is being implemented in three FTF tribal regions. It is designed to help children who have not had the benefit of attending preschool to get classroom experience before kindergarten.
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News Round-Up

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

Options for working parents amid shuttered schools: some preschools and daycares remain open
The Arizona Republic, March 17

Many daycares and preschools across metro Phoenix remain open despite statewide school closures. Gov. Doug Ducey and Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman announced Sunday that all Arizona schools, including private schools, will close through March 27. The order does not extend to daycare centers or preschools, according to Ducey’s spokesman Patrick Ptak. The Arizona Department of Health Services is working on guidelines for daycares but they have not yet been released.
United Way highlights early childhood as the key to economic success
The Voice of Marana, Feb. 26
At the 15th annual United Way Business Breakfast, United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona officials brought in speakers who highlighted the benefits that are possible if every child has access to quality preschool.
The impacts of no preschool funding in Arizona, according to Superintendent Kathy Hoffman
ABC 15, Feb. 25
Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman spoke with ABC15 about her worries of not having any state funding for preschool. The former preschool teacher said the impact could go beyond cost.
First Things First seeks volunteers
The Yuma Sun, March 4
First Things First, a statewide early childhood health and development agency, is seeking six volunteers to join its existing band of community members dedicated to making a difference in the lives of Yuma County’s youngest residents.

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