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Local First Arizona to Facilitate Small Business Stability Grants

Stability grants provide up to $25,000 to qualifying small businesses for expense reimbursement and/or revenue loss. PHOENIX (November 1, 2021) — Through the Maricopa County Small Business Resilience Program, Local First Arizona (LFA) in partnership with the Arizona Community Foundation (ACF) is facilitating stability grants for nonprofit and for-profit small businesses and micro-enterprises. These stability grants of up to $25,000 are now available to small businesses that can demonstrate revenue declines or unanticipated operating cost deficits from July 1, 2020…

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3 Ways You Can Get Involved to Advocate on Behalf of Young Children, Families, and the Early Field

  1. Ask your U.S. Congressional Representatives to invest in child care. On Thursday, October 28, President Biden announced a new framework for the Build Back Better (BBB) Act, which includes $400 billion for child care and early learning over the next 6 years. If the Build Back Better Act is signed into law, it will dramatically transform ECE for nearly every family with young children, as well as for child care providers. It is so important to make your voice heard now. Contact your U.S.…

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New year brings new opportunities for supporting Arizona’s young children

Marilee Dal Pra, CEO of First Things First, shares her hopes for continuing to advance FTF's mission to help all of Arizona's young children learn, grow and succeed. Challenging times are also times of opportunity. Let us all push for meaningful and long-lasting change for early childhood. Read Article

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Raising Special Kids’ Early Childhood Workshop

Raising Special Kids began in 1979 as a grassroots effort of families, professionals, and community leaders determined to provide support and information for parents of children with disabilities and special health care needs. Their motto, “families helping families,” reflects their commitment to support families in all forms and from diverse cultures. Today, Raising Special Kids serves as Arizona’s Family-to-Family Health Information Center, and as Arizona’s Parent Training and Information Center. Helping parents access information about health care, community resources, and…

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Intro to the Arizona Early Childhood Workforce Knowledge and Competencies

All children have the capacity and an inherent ability to learn, especially in the most informative (early) years of their life. With this in mind, providing children a high-quality early childhood education is of the utmost importance and sets the stage for success not only in school, but also in life. Your role as an early childhood educator is key to a young child’s success, so ensuring that you have the core knowledge and competencies will provide the necessary support…

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