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Sports physicals, regular checkups…what’s the difference?

Summer is a good time to get the kids caught up on well-child checks, vaccination schedules and other routine appointments that help primary care...

Foster families get perks, and recognition, this month

May is National Foster Care Month and the Arizona Department of Child Safety (DCS) has partnered with businesses and organizations across the state to...

Valley of the Sun YMCA to provide 1,000 free swim lessons

Valley of the Sun YMCA will provide 1,000 free swim lessons the week of May 17-21. Registration opened today on a first-come, first-served basis....

Using Common Sense: Teens turn to online sources for mental health support

After a year of lockdowns, remote schooling and the disruption of social norms, teens and young adults are reporting growing levels of depression, stress...

Raising Outdoor Kids: Where to “go fish!” in Arizona

In Arizona, fishing doesn’t really know a season. Fish don’t hibernate, our lakes (at least in the Valley) don’t freeze, and we’re lucky enough...

Hope (the robot) brings young patients, D-backs players, together

The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation today launched a new interactive robot that will allow pediatric hospital patients to have virtual visits to Chase Field. The robot...

Libraries are reopening around the Valley

In a sure sign of progress against the pandemic, most library branches around Maricopa County are entering "next stage" practices for in-person visits and...

4 ways to be an environmental superhero

I hadn’t seen Elise Gornish in over a year. We had last gotten together pre-pandemic to watch our daughters climb around on the playground....

How to celebrate Earth Day 2021

Earth Day is Thursday, April 22. This year offers a great mix of in-person and virtual options for observing the day, along with some...

Project Cactus: Celebrate Young Learners!

In our classroom, we read many, many stories. Recently, I read The Three Little Javelinas, by Susan Lowell, which takes place in the desert....

Children’s Museum of Phoenix reopens in May with Eric Carle exhibit

The Children’s Museum of Phoenix has remained open on weekends and during special events for outdoor play only. But kids will once again run...

Virtual gala to benefit summer camp for kids with spina bifida

Camp Patrick is hosting an April 22 virtual fundraiser to help support its all-volunteer, overnight summer camp for kids with spina bifida. The 6:30...

Keeping kids safe at summer camp

This time last year, as cases of COVID-19 began that first ominous surge in our state, summer camp directors were scrambling to make tough...

20 Arizona fifth-graders will win $529

“What is your dream job, and how do you plan on achieving it in the future?” Arizona fifth-graders who answer that question in essay...

April 6 is Arizona Gives Day

The ninth annual Arizona Gives Day — a 24-hour statewide fundraising event aimed at helping Arizona nonprofits — is Tuesday, April 6. The online...

Trial for kids COVID-19 vaccine underway in Arizona

A research study conducted by Moderna is testing an investigational vaccine that may protect children between the ages of 6 months and 11 years...

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