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The secret to selecting great toys

What is the best toy for a young child? Go ahead, guess. I’ll wait. Here are some hints: It doesn’t have batteries or any...

The 16 Vaccine: Teens need all the protection we can give them

My son Chris passed away just two weeks after kicking the winning goal that made his high school soccer team Arizona state champions. The day...

Hubbard Family Swim School opens new location in Goodyear

Hubbard Family Swim School has opened a fourth location in the Market at Estrella Falls, 1785 N. Pebble Creek Parkway in Goodyear. Derek Cochran, general...

A new way to fast-track students to bachelor’s degrees

Western Maricopa Education Center (West-MEC), a public school district dedicated to career and technical education programs, is partnering with Arizona State University to create...

Creating safety for children through gender-inclusive language

As a transgender teacher, I socially transitioned while teaching in the classroom. Socially transitioning is a process that a transgender person may choose to...

Curiouser & Curiouser is a new live-theater experience from TheaterWorks

TheaterWorks has reinvented the live-theater experience. Curiouser & Curiouser is an  immersive, multi-sensory, intimate theater production where audience members literally walk into and through...

Prepping from home: How to get your child kindergarten ready

Preparing for kindergarten? Me too! This year, I will begin my 12th year of teaching young children and will be heading back to the...

“Positive impatience” describes Junior Achievement of Arizona’s 18 Under 18

When Junior Achievement of Arizona set out to identify some of our state’s extraordinary young people, the goal was to celebrate future leaders, change...

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.



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