Meet Strong Families AZ Conference Keynotes

Strong Families AZ logo.png

Over the next few weeks we will be providing previews of the exceptional keynote speakers featured at the 5th Annual Strong Families AZ Home Visiting ConferenceSeptember 20 and 21 at the Glendale Renaissance.

Judy Jablon

Judy Jablon

First, we’d like to highlight Judy Jablon, early childhood consultant and author. Judy describes herself as a passionate teacher, committed to creating conversations among educators about how to use their collective wisdom to make a significant difference for children and families. She believes in guiding educators to understand and embrace the importance of relationships as the foundation for learning.

In her acclaimed book, Powerful Interactions, co-authored with Amy Laura Dombro and Charlotte Stetson; the authors focus on three key components:

•    Be present
•    Connect
•    Extend learning

Focusing on the role of relationship-building in teaching and learning, Powerful Interactions shows how “everyday” interactions can become intentional and purposeful.

Sign up now to hear Judy Jablon as well as join us for all the informative and applicable speakers and workshops at this year’s conference. And remember to check the Strong Families AZ Home Visitor Portal for additional professional development.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Days of Caring 2016

United Way Days of Caring 2016 are Wednesday, October 19 and Saturday, October 22.

Volunteer registration is NOW OPEN!

Be a part of the single largest volunteer event in our community!

All available projects can be viewed by going to and clicking on the Days of Caring link in the red box.

If you need help finding a project that is right for your group, email!

Sign up now to have the best selection of projects for your group!  Volunteer registration closes on October 12.

We look forward to seeing you “Live United” on October 19 or 22!

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Breastfeeding Resources for Home Visitors

One of the challenges faced by many new mothers is breastfeeding. As a home visitor, you are a trusted resource for your families and may field questions and requests for resources. The great news? Through both Strong Families AZ and the Arizona Department of Health Services you have access to both resources for your families as well as professional development for you!

August is National Breastfeeding Month and is a great time to get reacquainted (or utilize for the first time!) all the resources on breastfeeding available to Arizona home visitors.

The Strong Families AZ Home Visitor Portal has an entire section on breastfeeding courses and webinars at the Professional Development tab. Webinars are not only available live, but if you register and cannot attend the live course, you receive a link to listen and learn on your own time. Additionally, by accessing theCommunity Services and Support tab, you can help a new mom search for support by county.

In addition to the Strong Families AZ Home Visitor Portal, the Arizona Department of Health ServicesBreastfeeding Program website has a number of resources. The information is also available in Spanish.

As always, be sure to check the Home Visitor Portal for new courses and supports and be sure to join us for this year’s home visiting conference in Glendale September 20 and 21! See you there!

Make sure you visit the Home Visitor Portal on the Strong Families AZ website. Register to have access to ongoing professional development opportunities, resources and more.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

AZ Kith & Kin Project Opens Registration

The Arizona Kith and Kin Project is funded by First Things First and United Way, and delivers training and support to informal child care providers, which most often include grandparents, other relatives and neighbors.

Here is the information about the five sites where we will offer the Program this Fall 2016.

Mondays 9-11 am
Valencia Branch Library
202 W Valencia Rd. Tucson, AZ 85706
Starting on September 12th.

Tuesdays 9-11 am
Wakefield Family Resource Center
101 W 44th St. Tucson, AZ 85713
Starting on September 6th.

Wednesdays 9-11 am
Santa Clara United Methodist Church
6740 S Santa Clara Ave. Tucson, AZ 85756
Starting on September 7th.

Thursdays 9-11 am
Northwest Baptist Church
2926 W Curtis Rd. Tucson, AZ 85705
Starting on September 8th.

Fridays 9-11 am
Sopori Elementary School
5000 W Arivaca Rd. Amado, AZ 85645
Starting on September 9th.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

NIH Launches Moms’ Mental Health Matters

Moms Mental Health imageThe Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has launched Moms’ Mental Health Matters, a new initiative to raise awareness among pregnant and postpartum mothers, their families, and health care providers about depression and anxiety during pregnancy and after the baby is born.

NICHD has developed free health education materials in English and Spanish. The posters describe the signs of depression and anxiety during and after pregnancy and address the misconception that for all women, pregnancy and new motherhood can only be “the happiest time of your life.” In addition, the action plan helps moms identify when and where to seek help, and the conversation starter postcard, specifically designed for a mom’s support system, offers suggestions for communicating with a loved one about this issue.

Learn More and Order Free Materials
Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

DES Child Care Administration Releases 4,385 Children from Wait List

PHOENIX – The Department of Economic Security announced today great news for many Arizona families looking to receive child care for their children. The DES Child Care Administration (CCA) released 4,385 children from a Priority-1 wait list, representing 2,298 families. Child care assistance is now available to an additional 4,385 that were the highest priority on the wait list.

“This is another move in our agency’s People First, People Always mission to support families in need of assistance,” said Director Timothy Jeffries. “We are honored to assist families in their quest to provide for their children and pave the way for a healthy and successful future.”

“The wait list release will support more parents to be able to access affordable, high quality child care to assist them while they work or participate in education or job training activities,” said Brook Herrera, Program Administrator for the Child Care Administration.

All released families will receive a notice in the mail informing them of this change in status. Released families are asked to contact their Child Care Administration office with their Child Care Provider selection and verification of their eligibility. Once eligibility is confirmed, they will be able to receive financial assistance with child care costs.

The DES Child Care Administration offers Child Care Assistance programs that serve low-income families who are working, participating in education and training activities; are teen parents in high school; or GED classes or are unable/unavailable to provide care for their own children for a portion of the day due to a medical condition or special circumstance. At times, the number of families that have applied and are eligible for these programs is greater than the amount of funds available. A statewide Priority Waiting List was developed to notify eligible families when openings are available.

Those not subject to the Priority Waiting List include:

  • TANF/Cash Assistance participants who need child care for employment or participation in the Jobs program
  • Former TANF/Cash Assistance participants eligible for Transitional Child Care Assistance for employment
  • Families referred to Child Care Assistance by the Department of Child Safety

The Priority Waiting List continues to remain in place. New applicants for Child Care Assistance will be placed on the Priority Waiting List if they do not meet the exceptions.

For more child care information for parents or daycare providers, please visit DES online.

The Arizona Department of Economic Security makes Arizona stronger by helping Arizonans reach their potential through temporary assistance for those in need, and care for the vulnerable. 

Visit our website at and follow us on Facebook and Twitter


Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Oral Health Training for Home Visitors

Oral Health Flyer

Click on the link below for the PDF version of the flyer and to access links to registration.

Flyer for Oral Health PD

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment