Baby, let’s talk! Serve and return

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Baby, let’s talk! Serve and return

by First Things First

Even though they can’t use words yet, having little back-and-forth conversations with your baby is the best way you can help them learn and develop language. Responding to your child with words, conversation and attention makes a big, positive impact on their learning and healthy development. As their brain develops — incredibly fast in their …

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Why Attendance Matters

by Expect More Arizona

Showing up for school has a huge impact on a student’s academic success starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school. Even as children grow older and more independent, families play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day and understand why attendance is so important for success in school …

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10 Tips to Help Kids Avoid the Summer Brain Drain

by Expect More Arizona

Arizona is heating up, and you know what that means… summer vacation! While this summer may bring pool parties, barbeques and sunshine, don’t let your child’s learning take a detour. Summer is traditionally a time for fun. Every child looks forward to the last day of school and the impending ice cream trucks, family road …

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Using the Arizona Education Progress Meter to improve early literacy in Flagstaff

by Expect More Arizona

LAUNCH Flagstaff was created to improve educational outcomes for local students. LAUNCH (Learn, Advocate, Unite, Network, Contribute, Help) is working toward improving five key metrics, including: kindergarten readiness, third-grade reading, eighth-grade math, high school graduation and postsecondary attainment. It’s no mistake that these focus areas are aligned with the Arizona Education Progress Meter – the …

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Born to Learn AZ emphasizing the importance of quality early learning

by Expect More Arizona

The first five years of a child’s life are incomparably formative. These years account for 90 percent of brain development and have a significant impact on a child’s future. That’s why the Arizona Early Childhood Funders Collaborative—an initiative of Arizona Grantmakers Forum—created Born to Learn AZ. The videos, toolkit and other resources will help inform …

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