Thoughts from the Fun Van

October Early Childhood Training sessions

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Registration is now open for the October Early Childhood Training sessions brought to you by the AJ Library Fun Van Program. Check out these exciting sessions and register today! 

**Now when you register through Eventbrite you will automatically have the Zoom meeting information**

Tuesday October 6, 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Creating Easy, Fun and Educational Experiences at Home Part 1: 

What does it take to create an environment that allows for fun and educational learning opportunities for small children while at home? Join us as we discuss the importance of healthy self-esteem, positive discipline strategies and creative troubleshooting tips for being at home with young children. Stuck at home doesn’t have to mean stuck in a rut.

Thursday October 15, 10:00am – 12:00pm 

Creating Easy, Fun and Educational Experiences at Home Part 2: 

Learn how to engage your youngest children using interactive reading that focuses on fostering healthy brain development, using wordless books, asking good questions and using recall and prediction to encourage healthy brain and language development. Join us as we teach tips for fun, engaging read alouds that even the squirmiest of children will enjoy!

PCECC Community Health Services

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Check out these community health resources from the Pinal Early Childhood Coalition.

PCECC Family Support Services

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Check out these resources from the Pinal Early Childhood Coalition.

August 2020 Mini Connections

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Zoom Links:

Monday’s Activities:

Meeting ID: 916 7936 6134 Password: 194567

Wednesday’s Activities:

Meeting ID: 945 2975 0402 Password: 486452

Friday’s Activities:

Meeting ID: 972 4894 8864 Password: 036984

Pinal Parent Education July 2020

Casa Grande Alliance Speaker Series:
Various Parent Education Classes Register:
Questions? (520) 603-6126

Apache Junction Public Library Fun Van
View Schedule:
Register and ask questions: (480) 474-8559

University of Arizona Cooperative Extension
Where Does Your Money Go?:

Positive Discipline:
Register and ask questions: Sybil Peters

Plan, Shop and $ave: Get Moving and Make a Change
Register and ask questions: Esmeralda Castillo (520) 836-5221 Ex. 244

Women, Infant and Children (WIC)
Cooking Matters: via Zoom
Register and ask questions: (866) 960-0633

United Way of Pinal County Family, Friend and Neighbor Program
Various Trainings for Program Participants
Register and ask questions: (520) 836-0736 x13

Strong Social Connections

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During these times of social distancing, First Things First, Arizona’s early childhood agency, reminds families that there are ways to reach out and find places to make social connections, including use of video chat.

Library Resumes Services

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The Apache Junction Public Library will resume more services on Monday, June 1.

The library, at 1177 N. Idaho Rd., will resume open browsing and checkout of materials inside the building. Holds pick-up and drop-off at the drive-thru window, as well as copying, faxing, scanning, printing and limited computer use, by reservation, will continue.

The library encourages all to follow federal and local guidelines on physical distancing, and washing hands as always. The library will rearrange some furniture to accommodate the guidelines and asks visitors to keep visits as short as possible.

Other programming, including in-person activities, remains suspended and the children’s area, including the computers and the castle, remains remain closed.

For more information, please call the library at (480) 474-8555.

Child Care Needs Survey

In this unusual circumstance, the Pinal Early Childhood Coalition is working to assess the current child care needs in Pinal County.  Here is a survey to give your feedback.

If you are a parent, guardian or caregiver of young children please give us your feedback here: Child care needs for families:

What do you want to talk about?

Round Table Discussion Ideas: What topics do you want to talk about with the Fun Van educators?

We are planning a live discussion forum on Facebook coming up on May 29th to be posted here once it is complete. We are hoping to answer the questions that you have on your minds, and talk about the things that matter to you. Take a moment and answer our poll so we can get an idea of what you want to talk about.

What topics do you have questions about for our upcoming round table discussion?

Do you have other ideas?

Don’t see a topic you are interested in? Shoot us a quick message or tell us in the comments! Fun Van has been working hard to stay in touch with you, our community. We want to help as much as we can in these uncertain times. This means we are open to ideas on how we can help you, what types of resources you are looking for and more. Being a parent/caregiver is hard enough on a normal day, we appreciate all you are doing with your families. What can we do to help you and your family?