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Candelen Announces Virtual Event “Talking to Kids About Race”

By Madeleine Lovett | January 12, 2021
Candelen is pleased to announce an upcoming virtual event “Why is he different? Why am I different? Talking to Kids About Race” starting at 5:00pm MST on Thursday, January 21, through Facebook Live. This event presents a live, open dialogue centered on race and raising kids. Participants will hear honest reflections from a diverse panel on how they navigate differences, racism, and privilege with their kids. The panel includes Candida Hunter, a senior leader in Tribal Affairs; Aaliyah Samuel, an executive in Government Affairs & Partnerships; Jorge Flores, an early childhood trainer; Dawn Henry, a leader in Human Resources; and… View Article Read More

ASCC (Candelen) Among Phoenix Business Journal’s 2020 Best Places to Work

By Madeleine Lovett | December 10, 2020
Candelen, previously Association for Supportive Child Care, has been named by the Phoenix Business Journal as one of the 2020 Best Places to Work in the valley. Candelen ranked 13th in the Small Companies category. More than 100 valley-wide companies were recognized on December 8, 2020 at the Phoenix Business Journal’s 2020 Best Places to Work virtual event. These companies were selected based on the results of confidential employee engagement surveys from Quantum Workplace where, according to the survey results, 72.9% of Phoenix-area employees are highly engaged, up from last year’s 67.7%. Read More

Candelen CEO Speaks with KAWC 88.9 About Child Care During the Pandemic

By Madeleine Lovett | September 10, 2020
Arizona Edition: Child Care in the Time of Covid-19 This year the Arizona Early Childhood Alliance released data indicating a third of the state-licensed childcare centers have been forced to close because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “We have an industry on the brink of collapse.” – Nicole Newhouse, Candelen CEO The centers still in operation are at 38% capacity, according to Newhouse. Candelen is a decades-old non-profit that provides guidance, training, and support for formal and informal childcare providers. “We were formed at a time when women were just getting into the workforce. At that time there were no childcare… View Article Read More

New Candelen Board Chair Announced

By Madeleine Lovett | July 7, 2020
Candelen, a nonprofit dedicated to championing children by providing services, resources, and support to adults impacting kids from ages 0 to 8 years, announced the appointment of Lindsay Olivarez as Chair of its Board of Directors. Olivarez, who joined the Candelen Board in 2015, succeeds Joanne Floth who served as Chair since 2017. Lindsay Olivarez “It has been a great honor to have served as Chair of the Candelen Board of Directors,” said Floth. “I am incredibly proud of our accomplishments over the past six years. We have helped over 63,000 children gain positive beginnings and quality early education experiences… View Article Read More

Candelen Announces Free COVID-19 Training for All Caregivers in Arizona

By Madeleine Lovett | June 25, 2020
Candelen is providing free virtual training to all child care providers to help minimize the risk of COVID-19 in preschools, child care centers, and home-based settings. The training includes basic information about COVID-19 guidance when caring for children during the pandemic, and how to help prevent the spread of viruses. This training is free to all child care providers as a result of funding from the Arizona Department of Economic Security. “Keeping kids safe and healthy is our first priority,” commented Nicole Newhouse, Candelen CEO. “We know child care is essential for most families and crucial for the recovery of… View Article Read More

Candelen Receives Multiple Awards to Help Struggling Home-Based Caregivers and Child Care Centers

By Madeleine Lovett | May 19, 2020
Candelen has been awarded $100,000 to establish a regional emergency fund to provide relief grants to non-licensed home-based child care providers by Home Grown, a national collaborative of funders committed to improving the quality of and access to home-based child care. Candelen is partnering with Arizona’s Children Association, the United Way of Pinal County, and Child Care Resource & Referral – Arizona, a program of Child & Family Resources, to distribute cash gift cards to family, friend and neighbor home based child care providers across the State of Arizona. Candelen will operate as the administrative home for the regional emergency… View Article Read More

Candelen Receives $744,000 Multi-Year Parsons Grant

By Madeleine Lovett | January 16, 2020
Candelen has been awarded a $744,000 multi-year grant from The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation to deliver its Play & Learn series across Maricopa County. The program provides training and support for non-licensed childcare providers – like neighborhood babysitters and family members – where 60 percent of children in Arizona spend their early and most formative years. Children in these settings often arrive at kindergarten less prepared and with a lower ability to be successful than children who attend traditional preschool programs. “It’s an unfortunate reality that children living in poverty are less likely to receive the early learning experiences… View Article Read More