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A virtual graduation project to inspire Arizona’s future leaders

Rhonda Bannard of Phoenix recalls her graduation from Sunnyslope High School with wistfulness and gratitude: “It was an amazing celebration — a way to...

Junior Achievement of Arizona honors 18 Under 18 in virtual celebration

Need a little inspiration? Meet 18 local teens who are making a difference in the community — and around the world. Junior Achievement of Arizona...

Pandemic Parenting Town Hall: How to talk about COVID-19 with kids of different ages

Welcome to Pandemic Parenting Town Hall. All this week, Raising Arizona Kids will be addressing your questions and concerns impacting your family and providing...

Family Friday: Maintaining connection in the midst of a pandemic

Even though the world is unpredictable right now, children need to experience predictability within their family environment. There are many fun and playful opportunities to maintain the connection.

Artsy Thursday: Celebrate the joy and learning children experience when they engage in creativity

Editor’s note: April 13-17 is Week of the Young Child, an annual celebration hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and AzAEYC celebrating early...

Work Together Wednesday: It takes teamwork to build a baby’s brain

Consistent, responsive, stable relationships with caring adults are the foundation for strong neural connections. Research shows these interactions support a child’s language and literacy development. Consider it an active, back-and-forth experience, like playing tennis.

Tasty Tuesday: A cooking (and eating) story

Can kids learn from cooking shows? You bet they can. They can learn recipes, they can learn the value of family, they can learn they have hidden talents, they can learn to take risks, and so much more.

Music Monday: Use “shelter at home” time to make music memories!

As young children learn new songs, listen to music, and explore rhythmic patterns, broad neural pathways in the brain are engaged. Powerful memories of people, places and feelings are stored and linked to experiences and emotions through music.

Parents: Here’s the ONLY advice you really need to follow, in “certain” OR “uncertain” times

As a teacher I saw a lot — and I mean a lot — of different types of families and various ways of raising children. You must be thinking I have all the answers to building functional, healthy children. I do. But the answers may surprise you.

Midwestern University extends deadline to apply for summer health careers institute

Midwestern University has extended the deadline for teens to apply to the seven-day summer Health Careers Institute for High School Students.

Even when closed, local libraries offer online homework help

Kids can still get answers to their most complicated homework or research project questions online through local public libraries — for free.

Local pediatrician urges social distancing, shares how to talk to kids about coronavirus

This is a stressful time, but Dr. Agarwal says if we practice handwashing, social distancing and self-isolation when sick, we'll get through it.

Arizona Treasurer Kimberly Yee: Kids need to learn money-management basics

“Financial education empowers young people to achieve financial freedom so they can attain their personal and professional goals,” Kimberly Yee explains.

Sari on Science: Making cabbage chemistry rainbows

Try this red cabbage activity from Arizona Science Center's Sari Custer and make a rainbow of kitchen chemistry fun!

Arizona’s 2020 top youth volunteers fight childhood diseases, help homeless pets

Sixteen-year-old Michael Bendok of Phoenix and 13-year-old Clare Flaherty of Scottsdale have been awarded the The Prudential Spirit of Community Award as Arizona's 2020...

6 tips for choosing a quality early learning environment

I have dedicated 13 years of my career to building the brains of children and supporting their families here in the Valley. For many...

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