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Arizona Lacks Educated and Skilled Workforce to Truly Compete

| January 13, 2014 | 0 Comments
Arizona Lacks Educated and Skilled Workforce to Truly Compete

“Arguing over whether the state ranks 48th or 45th or 42nd in the nation on any of these measures misses the point. The important fact is that we are below the national average in educational attainment. We are not serving our children well; we are not positioning our economy to prosper.”

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FUSD Recognized as an Apple Distinguished Program for 2013 – 2015

| January 13, 2014 | 0 Comments
FUSD Recognized as an Apple Distinguished Program for 2013 – 2015

Flagstaff Unified School District is pleased to announce that it has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished Program for 2013 – 2015 for its iREAD Project. The Apple Distinguished Program designation is reserved for programs that meet criteria for innovation, leadership, and educational excellence, and demonstrate a clear vision of exemplary learning environments. The selection […]

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Crossing the Line: Taking Steps to End Homelessness

| December 30, 2013 | 0 Comments
Crossing the Line: Taking Steps to End Homelessness

Take a look at this great excerpt from Diane Nilan’s Book giving some of the many causes of Homelessness.
“To any or all of the above maladies, add pervasive poverty and a critical shortage of housing options for even
those with moderate incomes, and homelessness lurks right around the corner.”

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Tax Credits Available for Foster Care

| December 30, 2013 | 0 Comments
Tax Credits Available for Foster Care

Arizonans looking for ways to divert some of what they owe the state to other causes have a new option this year: foster care.
But they’re going to have to act fast — as in before midnight Tuesday night. And because of the way the law is worded, they’re going to have to be careful in how they give if they want to get the full benefit of the tax law.

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CPS Needs Fixing: Here are Five Key Actions To Take

| December 23, 2013 | 0 Comments
CPS Needs Fixing: Here are Five Key Actions To Take

When children are at risk, we all have two basic responsibilities: We’ve got to strengthen families, so we can prevent abuse or neglect whenever possible. And, when abuse or neglect happens, we must take swift but thoughtful actions that give kids the best possible chance to grow up in a safe and loving permanent family.

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Sesame Street – Little Children, Big Challenges: a great new resource for parents and caregivers

| December 20, 2013 | 0 Comments
Sesame Street – Little Children, Big Challenges: a great new resource for parents and caregivers

The incarceration of a loved one can be very overwhelming for both children and caregivers. It can bring about big changes and transitions. Sesame Street has started a new initiative to support parents and caregivers….be sure to check out their new site, Little Children, Big Challenges.

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Daily Sun Reports NAU Tapped To Help CPS

| December 12, 2013 | 0 Comments
Daily Sun Reports NAU Tapped To Help CPS

NAU is receiving a $5 million state grant to funnel up to 100 social work students into Child Protective Services as caseworkers upon graduation.The five-year deal will provide 20 junior and senior bachelor’s of social work students a year with a full ride to NAU. Each student will be able to attend school tuition-free for up to two years under the deal. In exchange, the students will have to sign contracts promising to work for DES in Child Protective Services for one to two years after they graduate.

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Thousands of Ignored Child Abuse Allegations Plague Arizona Welfare Agency

| December 11, 2013 | 0 Comments
Thousands of Ignored Child Abuse Allegations Plague Arizona Welfare Agency

Dana Wolfe Naimark, president and chief executive of the Children’s Action Alliance, said the challenges facing the agency were made worse by budget cuts during the recent recession, which ended many preventive services intended to help families before children are removed from their homes.

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Parenting for Brain Development and Prosperity

| December 10, 2013 | 0 Comments
Parenting for Brain Development and Prosperity

Research shows that positive, reciprocal interactions between caregivers and children can have enormous positive effects on children’s development. By helping children overcome toxic stress and promoting healthy brain functioning, these interactions lay the groundwork for a prosperous future.

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Reading the Way to a Stronger Arizona: A United Fight to Improve Early Childhood Literacy

| December 9, 2013 | 0 Comments
Reading the Way to a Stronger Arizona: A United Fight to Improve Early Childhood Literacy

In the 2013-14 school year, Arizona’s mandatory retention policy, Move On When Reading (ARS 15-701), takes effect. This law requires that third-grade students who test in the “falls far below” range (estimated at 4,000) be held back. In addition, there are approximately 17,500 third-grade students below proficiency, placing them at risk.

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