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COVID-19 forces abrupt end to Arizona legislative session

  • AZ communities

The Arizona legislative session typically passes between 300 to 400 bills, but there was fewer than 100 this session which closed early due to the pandemic.

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2020 regional Champions for Young Children honored

  • champion

FTF is honoring early childhood champions throughout Arizona who actively volunteer to raise awareness of the importance of early childhood.

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Senators’ recent actions support early childhood

  • AZ communities

Sens. McSally and Sinema helped honor early childhood champions throughout Arizona by sending each champion a congratulatory certificate and letter.

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FTF College Scholarship recipient works to guide young Navajo children in the right direction

  • early childhood

The FTF Navajo Nation Regional Council is one of 15 FTF regions that supports professional development opportunities, including college scholarships.

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Childhood immunization rates slipping to dangerously low levels

  • child development

FTF is working with early childhood partners to urge families to keep their babies, toddlers and preschoolers on schedule for their immunizations.

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Dramatic drop in screening referrals prompts concern for early intervention for Arizona’s young…

  • child development

A 50% drop in referrals to Arizona’s Early Intervention Program has partners trying to reach parents about the importance of early screenings.

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Strong social connections key to supporting families

  • family support

During times of social distancing, FTF reminds families that there are ways to reach out and find places offering family support through social connections.

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FTF-funded program fills assessment gap through online developmental screenings

  • child development

The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension has started offering free virtual developmental screenings in some of FTF’s rural and tribal regions.

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Two grants awarded to help reduce preschool expulsions in southeastern Arizona

  • child development

The FTF Cochise Region and FTF Graham/Greenlee Region recently received two separate grants to fund early childhood mental health consultation.

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