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ASCC Receives Grant to Empower Early Childhood Caregivers and Teachers

By Madeleine Lovett | February 11, 2021
The Association for Supportive Child Care (ASCC) has received a $20,000 grant from the PNC Foundation to support the Kith & Kin program. The grant will fund a 15-week series of weekly sessions that provide training and support to Family, Friend, and Neighbor (FFN) child care providers to improve the quality of care provided to young children. We applaud the work that ASCC is doing to make sure that home-based child care providers receive the necessary training and supportive resources they need to keep kids safe, healthy and happy; they too are essential workers and without them, there is no… View Article Read More

COVID-19 Vaccination Update

By Madeleine Lovett | January 13, 2021
Child care providers are prioritized in COVID-19 vaccination distribution in Phase 1B, which in some parts of the state starts now. For more information on vaccination sites by county, visit the ADHS COVID-19 Vaccine Webpage or contact your tribal health entity. Count contacts can be found here. Read More

ASCC Announces Virtual Event “Talking to Kids About Race”

By Madeleine Lovett | January 12, 2021
The Association for Supportive Child Care is pleased to announce an upcoming virtual event “Why is he different? Why am I different? Talking to Kids About Race” starting at 5:00pm MST on Thursday, January 21, through Facebook Live. This event presents a live, open dialogue centered on race and raising kids. Participants will hear honest reflections from a diverse panel on how they navigate differences, racism, and privilege with their kids. The panel includes Candida Hunter, a senior leader in Tribal Affairs; Aaliyah Samuel, an executive in Government Affairs & Partnerships; Jorge Flores, an early childhood trainer; Dawn Henry, a… View Article Read More

ASCC Among Phoenix Business Journal’s 2020 Best Places to Work

By Madeleine Lovett | December 10, 2020
The Association for Supportive Child Care (ASCC) has been named by the Phoenix Business Journal as one of the 2020 Best Places to Work in the valley. ASCC ranked 13th in the Small Companies category. More than 100 valley-wide companies were recognized on December 8, 2020 at the Phoenix Business Journal’s 2020 Best Places to Work virtual event. These companies were selected based on the results of confidential employee engagement surveys from Quantum Workplace where, according to the survey results, 72.9% of Phoenix-area employees are highly engaged, up from last year’s 67.7%. Read More

CEO Speaks with KAWC 88.9 About Child Care During the Pandemic

By Jacqueline Cruz | September 10, 2020
Arizona Edition: Child Care in the Time of Covid-19 By LOU GUM Listen to the interview here. This year the Arizona Early Childhood Alliance released data indicating a third of the state-licensed childcare centers have been forced to close because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “We have an industry on the brink of collapse,” – Nicole Newhouse, Chief Executive Officer at the Association for Supportive Child Care (ASCC). The centers still in operation are at 38-percent capacity, according to Nicole Newhouse, Chief Executive Officer at the Association for Supportive Child Care (ASCC). The ASCC is a decades-old non-profit that provides guidance, training, and… View Article Read More

New Board Chair Announced

By Jacqueline Cruz | July 7, 2020
The Association for Supportive Child Care Announces the Appointment of Lindsay Olivarez as Chair of the Board The Association for Supportive Child Care (ASCC), a nonprofit dedicated to championing children by providing services, resources, and support to adults impacting kids from ages 0 to 8 years, announced the appointment of Lindsay Olivarez as Chair of its Board of Directors. Olivarez, who joined the ASCC Board in 2015, succeeds Joanne Floth who served as Chair since 2017. “It has been a great honor to have served as Chair of the ASCC Board of Directors,” said Floth. “I am incredibly proud of… View Article Read More

Preparing Child Care Providers to Keep Kids Safe

By Jacqueline Cruz | June 25, 2020
Free COVID-19 Training for All Caregivers in Arizona   PHOENIX (June 25, 2020) – The Association for Supportive Child Care (ASCC) is providing free virtual training to all child care providers to help minimize the risk of COVID-19 in preschools, child care centers, and home-based settings. The training includes basic information about COVID-19 guidance when caring for children during the pandemic, and how to help prevent the spread of viruses. This training is free to all child care providers as a result of funding from the Arizona Department of Economic Security. “Keeping kids safe and healthy is our first priority,” commented… View Article Read More

The Association for Supportive Child Care Receives Multiple Awards to Help Struggling Home-Based Caregivers and Child Care Centers

By Jacqueline Cruz | May 19, 2020
PHOENIX (May 19, 2020) – The Association for Supportive Child Care (ASCC) has been awarded $100,000 to establish a regional emergency fund to provide relief grants to non-licensed home-based child care providers by Home Grown, a national collaborative of funders committed to improving the quality of and access to home-based child care. ASCC is partnering with Arizona’s Children Association, the United Way of Pinal County, and Child Care Resource & Referral – Arizona, a program of Child & Family Resources, to distribute cash gift cards to family, friend and neighbor home based child care providers across the State of Arizona.  ASCC… View Article Read More

Coronavirus: Prevention Not Panic

By Jacqueline Cruz | March 3, 2020
The first thing to do is educate yourself. The vast majority of cases are going to be mild, and people are going to recover just like they do from a cold or flu-like illness, experts say. While researchers are still learning about the new coronavirus, most people sickened by it appear to not get all that ill. Those most at-risk for severe symptoms include senior citizens and/or people with underlying medical conditions, such as cardiovascular or lung disease, cancer or diabetes. As of 3/03/2020, there has been no community spread of the virus in Maricopa County. There is currently 1… View Article Read More

ASCC Receives $744,000 Multi-Year Parsons Grant

By Jacqueline Cruz | January 16, 2020
The Association For Supportive Child Care Receives Substantial Grant From The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation To Help Prepare More Children For School PHOENIX (January 16, 2020) – The Association for Supportive Child Care (ASCC) has been awarded a $744,000 multi-year grant from The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation to deliver its Play & Learn series across Maricopa County. The program provides training and support for non-licensed childcare providers – like neighborhood babysitters and family members – where 60 percent of children in Arizona spend their early and most formative years. Children in these settings often arrive at kindergarten less prepared… View Article Read More