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The quiet blessings of “interesting times”

Perhaps it takes living in “interesting times,” to recognize quiet blessings — the birds at the windowsill, the butterflies in the garden.

Raising Outdoor Kids: Enjoy fall scenery on colorful Arizona hikes

Although we’re surrounded by cactus and desert landscaping in Phoenix, there’s no shortage of fall scenery to explore on a day trip to other parts of Arizona.

Chandler High School Spanish teacher is Arizona’s 2021 Teacher of the Year

Sara Wyffels, a Spanish teacher at Chandler High School, was named Arizona’s 2021 Teacher of the Year by the Arizona Educational Foundation.

Tips for safer trick-or-treating during COVID-19

Dr. Cara Christ suggests "trick-or-treating can be done safely, but it’s no time to let down your guard since COVID-19 is still active in our communities."

Arizona Teacher of the Year to be announced Oct. 23

More than any year in recent memory, 2020 has reminded families how important teachers are to our communities and our children’s lives. Teachers have...

Helping children face their fears

Children can’t help but feel fearful. With the right support, that fear can become a great learning opportunity.

Bringing hope to life through art, even ­— and especially — now

Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona became even more important during the pandemic. Children need to use the arts to get rid of icky, scary feelings.

Invest in Education Act: What is Prop 208?

Proposition 208, known as the Invest in Education Act, would create new funding for Arizona schools by taxing high-income earners — specifically Arizona individuals...

Here’s how voting affects Arizona education

As the year winds down and Arizona families enjoy fall weather, many parents are turning their attention to the Nov. 3 election. The top...

Care Card shopping fundraiser is back Oct. 16-25

The 2020 Care Card program gets underway this month. The charity shopping event is hosted by the Board of Visitors, a local nonprofit that...

You now have until Oct. 15 register to vote in the Nov. 3 election

Nov. 3, 2020, may be the most significant national election of our lifetime, and Arizona’s 11 Electoral College votes may very well be pivotal...

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...

The City of Mesa schedules reopening of its family-friendly museums

Two popular Mesa family attractions — the Arizona Museum of Natural History and the i.d.e.a. Museum — will reopen to the public on Saturday,...

Pandemic road trip: A short beach escape proved worth the risk

After months of sheltering in place, my soul was calling for an escape from reality — for new sights, tastes, sounds and experiences. And...

Study: Autism diagnoses come years later for Black children

A new study highlighted by the American Academy of Pediatrics found racial inequities in the timely diagnosis of autism in children. The sooner the...

Celebrating 10 years of open doors and open hearts at Ryan House

For 10 years, Phoenix-based nonprofit Ryan House has provided pediatric respite and end-of-life care to Arizona’s most medically fragile children and their families.

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