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Child Care Day 2011
Wednesday, February 16th
Arizona State Capitol – 1700 W. Washington

8:00am – 9:00am – Information Room Open – Old Capitol Parlor
9:00am – 11:00am – Attend Committee Hearings
House – Health and Human Services
Senate – Public Safety and Human Services
11:00am – 12:30pm – Presentations – All will be held in the
Old Senate Chamber 3rd Floor in Old Captiol. Group Session, hear the latest on the State Budget, child care issues, and advocacy.  Remarks by Invited Legislators.
12:30pm – 1:30pm – Open to meet with Legislators (Schedule in advance), drop off letters at Legislators offices.
LUNCH on your own.
1:30pm – 2:00pm – Group Introductions from Senate and House Galleries
2:00pm – Attend Committee Hearings
House – Appropriations
Senate – Health Care and Medical
Afternoon will be free to meet with your Legislators, you will need to schedule with them in advance.
Click here to find your Legislators. 
*The day’s events will be fluid and flexible.   

Arizona Child Care Association
Association for Supportive Child Care
Children’s Action Alliance
Protecting Arizona’s Family Coalition (PAFCO)
Early Care and Education Consortium
Child and Family Resources
Arizona Association for the Education of Young Children and its Affiliates
Southwest Human Development
Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence


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Registration is open for the 11th annual Lights On Afterschool – October 21, 2010! 

The U.S. Department of Education and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention have signed up for the nation’s biggest afterschool celebration, and the Empire State Building has announced that it again will light up in yellow in honor of Lights On Afterschool!   Take part by opening your doors to show off what is happening after school.

cid:image002.gif@01CB4397.EEDD8A10Register now and you could win cool giveaways from FEIT ELECTRIC.  You will also get free posters and event tips and updates.  Our online toolkit makes it easy to plan an event, from a talent show to a large rally.  Every site registered in August will be entered in a drawing to win 100 energy-saving, long lasting, earth-friendly compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs).   Give the light bulbs to your event guests, use them at your program, or let kids take them home to remind parents how your program keeps the lights on after school.

Last year, 1 million Americans celebrated Lights On Afterschool, from New Hampshire to New Mexico.  We know that times are hard, and families and communities have to do more with much less.  Afterschool support is more important now than ever.  Let’s show the country what can – and should – happen after school.   

Warm regards,
The Afterschool Alliance

PS: Here’s another green idea: use FEIT ELECTRIC CFLs as fundraisers for your program! Contact FEIT ELECTRIC directly by emailing marketing@feit.com.

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If you are concerned about the state of education in Arizona, you should attend the only Tucson forum for the candidates for Superintendent of Public Instruction.  The next Superintendent will set the agenda for education in Arizona and will have the bully pulpit to lobby the legislature. 

At the forum you will have the opportunity to question the candidates and hear how they will tackle funding and education issues. 

 Superintendent of Public Instruction Forum

Thursday, August 12, 2010

7-9 PM

Rincon/University High School’s Little Theater
(Use the entrance on 5th Street just east of Swan)

Sponsored by:

The League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson
American Association of University Women (AAUW)
The Arizona Education Network
Tucson Values Teachers
Literacy for Life Coalition

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Arizona Child Care Association and local Early Care and Education Consortium members are raising public awareness of the devastating impact of the State child care turn-away list and asking elected official to restore child care funding for parents wanting to work, children needing safe and stimulating care, and child care providers who serve low income families.

In the current environment in our state, it is easy for the impact of one program to get lost among higher profile issues getting media attention. Yet, the longer families wait, the more it hurts parents, children, and child care providers. Over the past 15 months, 13,000 children in qualified low income working families have been denied. The denials will continue for another 13 months or longer unless the Governor or legislature acts to restore the child care subsidy.

The Early Care and Education Consortium has developed a video message that shows the impact of the waiting list, which you can view here. Click here to watch the Restore Child Care video.

Yesterday the Arizona Child Care Association sent letters to the Governor and legislators asking for the immediate restoration of child care subsidies for Arizona’s low-income working families.

You can click to send your own message to Governor Brewer Send Your Message

and your legislators Send Your Message

The email messages have been prepared, but you can change them to make the messages more personal from you. The message to Legislators begins “I am a child care provider in your district. Every day I see the good that we do and every day I see how much more we are needed” so be sure to customize your introduction.

Visit www.azcca.org for more information.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010
10:00-11:30 a.m.
562 Dirksen Senate Office Building

 The National Summer Learning Association invites you to a briefing to explore a New Vision for Summer School. Summer learning loss is a major contributor to the achievement gap and an untapped resource for addressing the nation’s education crisis. Despite the difficult economic times, several districts are addressing this issue through innovative summer programming. This event will feature pioneering summer learning programs and leaders from across the nation and provide recommendations on how federal policy can help make summer programs an essential component of education reform. 

 Invited speakers include Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Philadelphia Public Schools Superintendent Arlene Ackerman, and Senators Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Richard Lugar (R-IN).

For additional information on the event visit: www.summerlearning.org/NVSS To RSVP visit: www.summerlearning.org/NVSSbriefing

Seating is limited, so please RSVP by Tuesday, June 8.

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Released in May 2010, Special Report on Summer (PDF | Powerpoint) presents summer specific data from America After 3PM and provides state level data on how many kids are in summer programs, how many would be likely to participate and how strong parent support is for programs. Find all you need to know about America After 3PM Special Report on Summer in Arizona here http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/AA3PM_states.cfm?state_abbr=AZ&level=1

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The Afterschool Alliance and MetLife Foundation are partnering to develop and disseminate a series of Issue Briefs that address topics related to middle school youth and afterschool programs. Nominate a program by April 23, 2010 for a chance to receive a MetLife Afterschool Innovator Award and be highlighted in one of our Issue Briefs. 

Awardees will be recognized in the related Issue Brief and in the final compendium.  Awards will be given out by the Afterschool Alliance in conjunction with the 2010 Lights On Afterschool and each recipient will receive an award of $5,000 to be used to continue or improve upon the highlighted program.

Our online nomination form can be found at

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/metlife2010  and additional details are available online at http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/metLife.cfm .  If you have any questions please contact Chris D’Agostino at

cdagostino@afterschoolalliance.org   or call (202) 347-2030.

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