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Child care provider Missaaliyah Jackson uses flashcards with Remi Goff, 2, at Premier Children's Center in Phoenix on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021.

A $1.2 billion infusion of federal funding has kept an already fragile Arizona child care sector from failing, giving state leaders a shot at reforming a broken system of their own making, and perhaps bringing hope for the stability that parents and providers have craved for years. Read more»

Providers leaving the child care field find better-paying jobs in food service, retail and banking.

While many see vaccines as protection for child care workers who put themselves at risk during a pandemic, little time or money has been spent on looking out for this workforce in the past, with low pay the main reason the country’s already shaky child care system is crumbling. Read more»

Pima County supes are going to (again) decide the fate of early education program. This time it's serious.

A new Board of Supervisors and new alliances allow Rex Scott to just throw down his aces and see if he can establish a Pima County early education program in broad daylight instead of behind the scenes. Read more»

Arizona has about 70,000 more kids who need child care than it has spaces available to accommodate them, a gap that was fairly typical for the 25 states studied in a recent report. Advocates, who fear the gap will widen as a result of COVID-19, say the report has only strengthened their resolve to address the problem.

Arizona has 304,180 infants and toddlers who need child care but only 234,270 slots to accommodate them, with poor and rural families most likely to be left out, a recent study said. Read more»

Steve Barnett, director of the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University, said Arizona’s cuts to preschool education funding last year were 'particularly disturbing.' The institute released a report on all 50 states’ early education funding.

Arizona has “shut the door” on preschool programs by making funding cuts that leave a bleak educational future for the state’s children, according to a report released Tuesday. Read more» 1

Today on Buckmaster — We've got a newsmaker interview with Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne. Also, a preview of this Saturday's Beat Back Buffelgrass Day with Dana Backer, ecologist with Saguaro National Park. Plus, the new study results on the benefits of early childhood education with Buckmaster Show education contributor Robert Hendricks. Read more»