Let Your Voice Be Heard!

We are involved in a challenging, constantly growing field full of groups and leaders who keep an ear to the ground and an eye on the pulse of youth development and what’s needed all around.

We always want to hear from you and here are some immediate requests for your input!

AZ Out-of-School Time Line Staff Survey

AzCASE is conducting a survey, open to all Arizona out-of-school time youth program line staff, to collect evaluations of Arizona OST youth program supervisors. This is an anonymous survey, designed to identify common issues pertaining to staff management within Arizona OST youth programs.

A presentation on the results of this survey will be given at the 2015 Arizona Out-of-School Time Conference, 10/24 @ the Phoenix Convention Center! The presentation will include training and best practices related to issues identified by the survey.

The survey takes approximately 5 minutes to complete. After you complete the survey, you can enter a drawing  to win a $100 Amazon gift card!

The survey is open until 10 PM on Friday, September 25thTake the survey now!

Child Care & Development Block Grant Listening Sessions

The Child Care & Development Block Grant (CCDBG), which authorizes the Child Care & Development Fund in all states and territories, was reauthorized and signed into law in November, 2014.  A new requirement included in the CCDBG law is that States must set standards for Group Size limits for specific age populations within child care settings.

In an effort to establish the Group Size standard, DES Child Care Administration (CCA) has scheduled two Listening Sessions, one in Tucson and one in Phoenix. These Sessions are designed as an outlet for DES to hear and collect comments, concerns and suggestions from child care providers, advocates, community partners, parents and other interested parties.

Read the CCDBG Act 11 4 2014Group Size & Group Size Considerations.

The following are the meeting details for each Listening Session:

September 3, 2015
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Sentinel Building
320 North Commerce Park Loop
Tucson, AZ  85745

September 15, 2015
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
State Capitol Grand Canyon Conference Room
1700 West Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85005

You can also contact the DES CCA with your thoughts about the group size standards and the draft State Plan via email at CCDFStatePlan@azdes.gov.

National League of Cities: Municipal Leadership for Summer Survey

The National League of Cities (NLC) Institute for Youth, Education, and Families is currently researching the role municipalities are playing to support summer learning. Their survey will gather information on unique city practices, partnerships, and municipal investment in summer learning .

NLC will select 12 cities from the survey respondents to participate in an invitation-only Leadership Academy on Building Citywide Systems of Summer Learning in December 2015. In addition, respondents have a chance to win $100 donated to an afterschool or summer program of their choice!

They need and appreciate your help to capture examples of municipal leadership for summer learning so that they can raise the visibility of the roles cities play to address the needs of children and youth during the summer months.

The survey is open until September 4thTake their survey now!