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June 2021

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2021 Arizona Champions for Young Children recognized for their service

First Things First is honoring early childhood champions who actively volunteer to raise awareness of the importance of early childhood in their communities. This year, the Champions include a NICU nurse, a pediatrician, a program manager who helped distribute 300 bilingual Hopi/English children's books and 19 others.
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New one-stop to find FTF’s Spanish-language resources for parents of young children

Spanish-language parent resources have been bundled into one FTF-website page called Recursos en Español to provide an easier way to find all the different types of resources available in Spanish.
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The importance of developmental and sensory screenings for young children

Developmental and sensory screenings are a way parents can learn about their child’s development. Screenings can also catch concerns that can point to a delay or possible disability so that children can receive needed services or supports early, when intervention is most effective.
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Making summertime a safe time

First Things First encourages early childhood providers and educators to share summer safety information with parents of babies, toddlers and preschoolers.
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News Round-Up

News about early childhood around Arizona and across the U.S.

Monthly child tax credit payments start July 15. Here’s what parents need to know
CNBC, June 15
The expanded child tax credit, established in the American Rescue Plan, will be distributed as an advance on 2021 taxes in monthly installments. For households getting the full benefit, those payments will be $300 per month for children under the age of 6 and $250 for those between ages of 6 and 17.  
Why did the child care teacher cross the road? To get to higher pay
The Hill, June 6
OPINION: Every day, early educators leave child care settings across the country for the same reason: low pay. This child care worker exodus has left families in dire straits, unable to find slots for their kids. It is why President Biden’s American Families Plan calls for raising the pay of the child care workforce and why so many legislators are seeking to strengthen the care economy.
The case for universal pre-k just got stronger
NPR Planet Money, May 18
A new study looks at the effects of government-funded preschool in Boston and finds big benefits for kids. Researchers found that kids lucky enough to get accepted into preschool in Boston were less likely to get suspended from school, less likely to skip class and less likely to get in trouble and be placed in a juvenile detention facility. They were more likely to take the SATs and prepare for college.
Miss Navajo Nation Shandiin P. Parrish selected as 2021 First Things First Navajo Nation Region Champion
Navajo-Hopi Observer, June 1
Shandiin P. Parrish moderated the Early Childhood Speaker Series, a virtual forum in partnership with Navajo Project Indigenous LAUNCH and the FTF Navajo Nation Regional Partnership Council. The forum was designed to give parents and caregivers of young children an opportunity to increase their awareness of relevant early childhood topics. Parrish served as moderator as a regional expert discussed home visitation and early intervention strategies during this series.
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