An uncertain future for child care in Arizona

An uncertain future for child care in Arizona

by First Things First

Child care is the backbone of a healthy economy, yet, recent data shows that one-third of licensed and regulated child care providers remain closed since being forced to shutter their doors when the coronavirus pandemic hit Arizona in March. Those providers who are open are serving less than half the children they did before the …

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Understanding How Positive Community Factors Can Help Mitigate The Impacts Of Adverse Childhood Experiences

by Virginia Watahomigie, Coconino Coalition for Children and Youth (CCC&Y)

Research shows that Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs, contribute to the likelihood of substance abuse and other health concerns later in life. Unfortunately, Arizona ranks higher than the national average for children who have experienced ACEs. These can include childhood traumas such as abuse and neglect. In fact, according to the Arizona ACE Consortium, “It …

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Childcare providers for young children need investments during COVID-19 and beyond

by Eric Bucher, Executive Director, Arizona Association for the Education of Young Children

Access to quality childcare is critical for Arizona’s children and their families. Early childhood educators in these settings build young brains by supporting children’s learning and development. Our goal is to ensure that 45 percent of our 3- and 4-year-olds can access quality early learning settings. Through the Arizona Education Progress Meter, we know this …

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Take Action Today to Protect State Education Funding

by Expect More Arizona

The regular Arizona legislative session has officially ended, after adjourning temporarily amid shelter-in-place orders. A group of Senate Democrats and Republicans moved to adjourn early this week without taking action on just under 30 noncontroversial bills – effectively ending session and killing those bills. As a reminder, emergency education legislation and a baseline budget bill …

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A community-wide thank you to our child care community

by First Things First

As the coronavirus outbreak started to take widespread effect in Arizona, the importance of child care providers as crucial community assets became clear. For those workers who have no choice but to continue working outside their home, knowing that their children are cared for by skilled, trusted child care workers means one less worry on …

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