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Prop. 302 would sweep funds from early childhood program

But families could lose access to services offered by First Things First when voters decide in November whether to eliminate the program and funnel its $325 million to help address the state budget deficit.... Read more»

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Sep 16, 2010, 1:19 pm
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The United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona did not contribute funds to the No on 302 campaign as stated in this article.  Policies of the United Way do not allow us to contribute to political campaigns.  However, the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona is actively involved in increasing public awareness about the importance of the first years of life and improving community conditions to create lasting, positive solutions for Pima county’s children age birth to five.  First Things First is dedicated to enabling all Arizona children to enter school healthy and ready to succeed by improving child health, parenting support and early childhood education.  We are a strong partner of First Things First and consider this initiative essential to creating positive solutions for all children in Arizona. For example, in 2009 our partnership work with FTF enabled us to improve child education and care for over 9,000 children, support 1,340 families in learning new parenting skills, and educate 1,120 early educators to apply newly acquired best practice skills in the classroom.

Catherine Sebold
Director of Marketing and Communications
United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona

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Sep 16, 2010, 2:43 pm
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@Catherine Sebold,

Thanks for pointing that out.

The original version of this story erroneously reported that the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona, Southwest Human Development, Kaplan Early Learning Co. and the Association of Supportive Child Care contributed at an organizational level to an effort opposing the measure. In fact, individuals from those groups made contributions.

The story has been updated.

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Rhian Evans Allvin, executive director of First Things First, says leaders of the early childhood development program and its supporters understand that the state faces unprecedented financial difficulties. But she notes that voters created First Things First in 2006 to help a specific population that will suffer if those funds are swept to shore up the state budget, as Proposition 302 would do.

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