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FREE Live Streaming Sessions from the Birth to Three Institute

The 18th Annual Birth to Three Institute is offering FREE live stream sessions from July 29-31, 2014.

The Birth to Three (BTT) Institute is a professional development opportunity for Head Start, Early Head Start, Migrant and Seasonal, American Indian and Alaska Native staff, and other early childhood professionals who serve pregnant women, infants, toddlers, and their families. The goal of BTT is to share information about best practices in the field, as well as research implications for improved practice.

For more information or to register please click here.

Questions? Please contact



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Job Opening: Health Educator/ Outreach Coordinator

Pima County Health Department is currently looking for a health educator/ outreach coordinator to help promote and support the Pima County Referral System.

Minimum Qualifications: A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in health education, adult education, psychology, marketing or a related field. (Additional relevant experience may substitute for a portion of the aforementioned education.)

Preferred Qualifications: 

  1. One or more years of experience working with community partners.
  2. One or more years of experience planning and implementing outreach activities and coordinating services.
  3. Experience working independently.
  4. Experience in public speaking.
  5. Bilingual, English/Spanish, speak, read and write.

How to Apply: Submit an application to Human Resources

For more information please click here.

Have fun learning about and working with family support programs!

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Registration Open for the Early Child Care Professionals’ Conference in Green Valley

“A Wonderful World for Children” Early Child Care Conference in Green Valley

August 23, 2014 from 7:30 AM to 1:00 PM at Desert Hills Lutheran Church (2150 S. Camino Del Sol)

Join us for this FREE professional development opportunity for early child care professionals in South Pima County.  Earn 4 hours of professional development.

For more information or to register please click here.

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Webinar Opportunity: The Ins and Outs of Adolescent Brain Development

Thursday, July 17 from 2:00-3:00 pm Eastern Time

Why do teenagers act the way they do? Some of the reasons for common adolescent behaviors, such as risk-taking and making less-than-wise decisions sometimes, relate back to their brain development. The prefrontal cortex, which controls higher-order thinking abilities, is not fully developed until very late in adolescence. Understanding adolescent brain development and finding ways to help teens develop good decision-making skills are important ways that adults support healthy adolescent brain development. In this introduction to adolescent brain development, we will focus on the development (and under-development) of various parts of the brain, the ways this brain development affects behavior, and ways to support adolescents as they finish the crucial period of brain development.

In this session you will learn about:

  • The prefrontal cortex and its role in decision-making
  • The timeline of typical adolescent brain development
  • Behaviors that indicate immature brain development in adolescents
  • Strategies adults can use to help adolescents make better decisions

How to Attend the Web Conference:

  • The webinar will take place on the Blackboard Collaborate system.  To join the session, click here.
  • A certificate of attendance will be emailed to interested participants who attend the entire webinar live and complete a request for a certificate within 24 hours of completing the webinar. Instructions for requesting certificates will be provided at the end of the webinar for those who have attended the entire session.

If you have questions about the webinar, please send them to

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Upcoming Election 101

Arizona Public Health Association, Arizona Bridge to Independent Living, and PAFCO are presenting a motivating information session: Upcoming Election 101.

This free event is July 22nd, 2-4 p.m. at the Disability Empowerment Center, 5025 E. Washington St, Phoenix, AZ.

Please join us to learn the answers to the questions that weigh heavy on your mind like:

  • Does my vote really count?
  • How do I find out how candidates feel about issues important to me?
  • Why should I vote?
  • What can I do to help others register to vote?
  • Why does the election matter?
  • Who is running for office?

RSVP to the event here. Please share with your email lists and on social media!

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Arizona WIC Program Awarded $5 Million for EBT


Arizona WIC Program Awarded $5 Million for EBT

The Arizona Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) is moving from paper checks to an electronic system thanks to a $5 million ($5,046,894) grant from the United States Department of Agriculture. WIC electronic benefit transfer (EBT) will provide enhanced service and benefits to participants, clinic staff, and WIC vendors (grocery stores authorized to accept Arizona WIC benefits). Using a card in the stores may also reduce any stigma or concern a participant has from using WIC checks while shopping. Stores in Arizona that provide WIC services sell about $150 million in healthy foods to WIC participants each year.

WIC EBT will impact four major groups:

  • Arizona WIC Participants which include low income women, infants and children;
  • Arizona WIC Authorized vendors including independent grocers, as well as major chain grocers and pharmacies;
  • Arizona WIC local agencies and clinics including county health departments, community health centers and tribes; and
  • The State of Arizona, Arizona Department of Health Services, Bureau of Nutrition and Physical Activity – Arizona WIC Program.

The Arizona WIC Program is required to implement WIC EBT by October 2020 as mandated by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. The Arizona WIC Program plans to procure an EBT implementation contractor by winter 2014 and begin development of the EBT system. The Arizona WIC Program plans to pilot WIC EBT by spring 2016 and complete state-wide rollout by early 2017.

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