Candidates Impressed with Early Childhood Program
Yesterday, Children’s Action Alliance and the Child Crisis Center hosted six legislative candidates at the Family Resource Center in Mesa to talk about an early childhood program, called MyChild’sReady. MyChild’sReady helps families right in their own homes with mentoring, parenting coaching, and links to supports and services.
Because only 33% of Arizona children participate in preschool, programs like MyChild’sReady provide valuable resources to parents and a critical strategy so kids enter school ready to learn. Research shows that educational success depends on what happens to children before they ever start Kindergarten. Parent educators provided 8,500 home visits last year and gave moms and dads practical tools to strengthen their parenting.
Along with a representative from Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema’s office, candidates from legislative districts 12, 18, and 26 attended the event, including Mitzi Epstein, Jill Norgaard, Juan Mendez, DJ Rothans, and Andrew Sherwood.
Candidates toured the Family Resource Center, had the opportunity to hear about the program from an East Valley mom, and visited with families and children who were participating in dental, vision and hearing screenings as well as a hands-on cooking class for kids. Thanks to all the candidates who came out to learn about this vital service to families and the importance of early childhood education!
Speaking of candidates for the legislature, remember that election day is fast approaching. If you would like to receive an early ballot and are not on the Permanent Early Voting List (PEVL) you still have time to have one mailed to you. If you contact your county recorder’s office by this Friday, October 24th at 5:00 p.m. they will mail one to you.
Remember you must mail your completed ballot back in as soon as possible and no later than Friday, October 31st in order for it to get to your county recorder’s office by election day. You can also drop off your completed early ballot at ANY polling place on election day.
Before you vote, visit our legislative candidate questionnaire page to learn where the candidates stand on the issues important to the children and families of Arizona.