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What Parents Can Learn From Child Care Centers That Stayed Open During Lockdowns. See more national education news here

| June 30, 2020
What Parents Can Learn From Child Care Centers That Stayed Open During Lockdowns. See more national education news here

When Arizona schools shut down in mid-March to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Tatiana Laimit, a nurse in Phoenix, knew she needed a backup plan. Laimit is a single mother of a 6-year-old girl and had recently relocated to the area. She didn’t have any friends or family nearby to ask for help.

It was past 8 on a Friday night when she shot off an email to her local YMCA to ask if they were providing emergency care for the children of front-line workers. “And immediately [someone] responded and let me know, ‘Yes.’ ”

Throughout the pandemic, many child care centers have stayed open for the children of front-line workers — everyone from doctors to grocery store clerks. YMCA of the USA and New York City’s Department of Education have been caring for, collectively, tens of thousands of children since March, and both tell NPR they have no reports of coronavirus clusters or outbreaks. As school districts sweat over reopening plans, and with just over half of parents telling pollsters they’re comfortable with in-person school this fall, public health and policy experts say education leaders should be discussing and drawing on these real-world child care experiences.

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Children’s Action Alliance — Good News! Governor Expands Child Care To More Essential Workers

| May 19, 2020
Children’s Action Alliance — Good News! Governor Expands Child Care To More Essential Workers

Governor Ducey announced (May 14) that the child care centers serving essential workers, known as Arizona Enrichment Centers, will expand to offer prioritized child care to grocery store and food bank employees. Importantly, the Arizona Enrichment Centers offer scholarships to qualified low-income families. CAA has worked tirelessly with early childhood and child care stakeholders to advocate for an expanded definition of essential workers. This is a win for working Arizonans who are on the front lines; putting themselves at risk. Thank you Governor Ducey for your efforts to keep children safe while their parents work to help protect public health during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Quality First Update

| December 28, 2015
Quality First Update

Quality First is about continuous quality improvement, and the data show that great progress is being made across programs in Arizona. As of November 2015, 54% of enrolled participants with Quality First Star Ratings were in the quality levels, up from 12% in 2012, 32% in 2013 and 43% in 2014. The number of programs in each of […]

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