Our words of wisdom

Swimming Pool Safety

By Ruth Ray | June 30, 2020
Raising a six-year-old active little girl in Arizona requires a lot of time and energy to ensure I’m hitting all the marks while keeping her happy and safe, especially during these times I have had the pleasure to be a rare Arizona native, and I recognize that by mid-May the heat index can feel like 120 by 9:00 am. Arizona natives know how important it is when this time of year happens to gravitate to any source of relief, often times finding our solace sitting in a nice pool with the family. We also know that every year we have… View Article Read More

Full Interview with Dr. Garcia on handling kids’ emotions and behaviors

By Jacqueline Cruz | June 12, 2020
Dr. Isela Garcia, of the Alesi Group, discusses how to handle behaviors and emotions of kids with ASCC Coach Supervisor, Amy Vanderjack. Read More

Virtual Services and Support For Families, Caregivers and Educators

By Jacqueline Cruz | June 11, 2020
At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, our team worked quickly to re-imagine our services and keep support in place for all families, caregivers, and educators.  Thank you to all our funders and partners that helped make it possible. Read More

To Play Date or Not Play Date Live Discussion

By Nicole Newhouse | May 15, 2020
Join Nicole Newhouse, ASCC CEO, and Trish Robinson, ASCC VP of Programs, for a live discussion on Facebook as they explore the struggle that parents are facing as the State starts to open back up. Read More

To Playdate or Not To Playdate, That is the Question

By Trish Robinson | May 11, 2020
Last week, as the announcement came for a slow re-opening of the state, parents of some of my daughter’s friends have started to text asking which families are comfortable allowing the kids to see each other, play and hang out.  My first response was, ‘He$$-yes!’ These kids sooooo need social interaction, and even more so now that it’s getting hot and the recharging benefits of outdoor play is limited.  Plus, the opportunity to have them go somewhere else for a few hours, or even have a friend here that cancels out their need to continuously need me—or get on each… View Article Read More

Looking Back at 7 Years of Parenting

By Lindsay Olivarez | April 27, 2020
It’s April and my oldest daughter, Ellary, turns 7 at the end of the month.  I know it sounds corny to say but here it is: I literally do NOT know how we hit 7.  7 sounds so old.  Riding bikes in the neighborhood old.  Drop-off party old.  Gaining independence old.  My girl is a complicated jumble of contradictions.  She can be so jealous of not being the center of attention, but, when left on her own on a Saturday morning, you’ll most likely find her reading to her baby sister.  She rages and screams “you’re the worst mom ever!” when… View Article Read More

Rethink, Relax, and Relinquish

By Jacqueline Cruz | April 13, 2020
“It’s okay to NOT know how to do this.”   I’ve told myself this many times over the past couple of weeks as we deal and adjust to this new normal. I am sure on some level for most of us, this pandemic has not been easy and has pushed us all way out of my comfort zone to say the least.   If you are like me, you like to be in control and keep things in order. Order and control. Control and order. Work, home, kids, schedules, and, dare I say it, school.   But order and control in the age of shelter in place is hard. Like, crazy hard. Work has changed. Home routines have changed. Schedules are out… View Article Read More

Pretty Good Educator, Sub-par Mom

By Rebecca Cirzan | March 30, 2020
Yesterday, my last virtual meeting ended with me holding Clorox wipes in one hand and shouting to my three-year-old son Grayson to stand in the bathroom so no one on the screen would see that he had stripped himself down to his birthday suit. I was fortunate enough to be with other teachers, but sometimes I am not sure how my new lifestyle of work-life integration will work for others.  It’s not voluntary anymore for the whole world, but the new reality of how we will be working, living, and surviving. I have always known I have wanted to be… View Article Read More

Loving the Big-ish Age Gap

By Lindsay Olivarez | March 16, 2020
Repost from East Valley Mom Blog. My two daughters are accidentally-on-purpose 5 ½ years apart. We waited until our oldest was 3 before trying for a second, but it accidentally took 2 ½ years for her to arrive. Why? To be cliché about it, life happened. Specifically, “delay of game” orders due to Zika virus and surgery to repair a broken toe, unexpected infertility, a devastating miscarriage, and, finally, our rainbow pregnancy all happened. Our second daughter was 2 ½ years in the making but unquestionably worth the wait. Moving from one to two is hard. Moving from one to… View Article Read More

Co-Parenting—Lifetime Work In Progress

By Trish Robinson | March 3, 2020
It was the 1st week of my new job and my 3rd week in Arizona, as I sat in a conference with my new team listening to a keynote talk about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).  She was rattling off the nine experiences most common, then I felt like a knife went right into my stomach, “…one of the most common ACEs in all 50 states is divorce or separation.” I had heard this a million times, but this time was different. My body started shaking, eyes began to well up, and I had to excuse myself and get out of… View Article Read More

Changing the Way We Think About Play

By Michelle Hixson | February 17, 2020
 I can remember sitting in the living room with my two nephews as they thoughtfully put together an enchanting world for their Octonauts and I asked, “Why do you think the Octonauts live under water?” My brother-in-law pipes in, “Because they are made to look like octopi and obviously they live in the water.” I tried again, “Jack, how do you think the octonauts communicate with one another under water?” Again from the kitchen, my brother-in-law answers for them with almost an exasperated tone, “They can talk like normal people. Haven’t you ever watched the show with them?” I rolled… View Article Read More

My First Anxiety Attack

By Patti Longman | February 3, 2020
My first anxiety attack happened suddenly and unexpectedly. I was just leaving work as a preschool teacher, when it happened right there in the school parking lot. My head began to spin, my heart raced, and I began to sweat. Soon after, I visited my doctor. The doctor asked, “Are you feeling stressed?” I reflected on this question… Here I am mother of two young children, husband away on a military deployment (again), preschool teacher with a few children with major behavior challenges… I said, “No, I’m not stressed.” He then assured me the attack was brought on by stress…. View Article Read More

YAAASSSSS, Queen!!! Making Over an Organization

By Nicole Newhouse | January 9, 2020
The fab 5 are back and they have enthralled my whole family! Like all of us, the hubs included. I spied my youngest (9) talking to a friend about how to put on perfume, “spray, delay, and walk away!” I mean, #gorgeous! Read More