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Candelen New Program Announcement: NewRoots

By Paige Bosma | February 1, 2024
Funded by Bezos Family Foundation and the HS Lopez Family Foundation, Candelen is proud to be launching a new prenatal program in Arizona called NewRoots. NewRoots was developed in response to the alarming rates of maternal and infant mortality in the state of AZ, especially in marginalized communities. According to the March of Dimes, the preterm birth rate among babies born to Black birthing people is 1.4 times higher than the rate among all other babies and similarly, infant mortality is 2.1 times higher. Indigenous women, according to the AZ Department of Health Services are four times more likely to… View Article Read More

Candelen Announces New Chief Executive Officer, Rob Podlogar

By Madeleine Lovett | March 30, 2023
Candelen is elated to announce the appointment of Rob Podlogar as the organization’s new Chief Executive Officer. Rob is joining the Candelen team from Valley of the Sun United Way, where he has served as the Chief Community Development and Engagement Officer since Fall 2020. In this role, he applied his unique blend of community programming and philanthropic experiences to tightly align community needs with major donor and foundation interests and priorities. Rob Podlogar The Candelen Board of Directors is thrilled that Rob has agreed to become Candelen’s next CEO. We feel that his experience, passion, and charisma make him… View Article Read More

Candelen Among Phoenix Business Journal’s 2022 Best Places to Work

By Madeleine Lovett | December 9, 2022
Candelen is proud to announce it has been named by the Phoenix Business Journal (PBJ) as one of the 2022 Best Places to Work in Phoenix. Candelen ranked 11th in the Small Companies category. We are honored to be recognized as one of Phoenix’s Best Places to Work! This award celebrates the steps we’ve proudly taken to develop a warm, encouraging culture where employees feel engaged, welcomed, and valued. To our phenomenal employees: Candelen thanks you endlessly for your hard work and commitment to our mission of supporting communities, families, and kids. Without you, none of this would be possible…. View Article Read More

Candelen Receives Grant from Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust

By Madeleine Lovett | June 6, 2022
Candelen has been selected as a Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust grant recipient! The grant, in the amount of $70,000, will support in delivering the Kith and Kin program in the West Valley, as well as creation of in-home literacy corners for family, friend, and neighbor caregivers. We are so thankful for the support that the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust has given Candelen. Together, we will be able to ensure that more children get the support and resources they need during the most critical timeframe for development. We can’t wait to see where these kids go in life! Mona… View Article Read More

Candelen Announces Virtual Event “Talking to Kids About Tough Sh*t”

By Madeleine Lovett | March 17, 2022
Candelen is pleased to announce their upcoming virtual event, Talking to Kids About Tough Sh*t, starting at 6:00pm MST (Arizona Time) on Tuesday, March 29, through Facebook Live. This event will include raw, open dialogue about navigating conversations with children to address difficult topics such as divorce, death of a loved one or pet, school shootings, sex, suicide, war, illness, natural disasters, COVID-19, bullying, and more. Participants will hear honest, real-life reflections from a diverse panel of parents to dissect what was addressed well in their conversations, what could have been addressed better, and how both adult and child walked… View Article Read More

Candelen Receives Grant from Desert Financial Credit Union to Support Play & Learn

By Madeleine Lovett | October 26, 2021
Candelen has been selected as a Desert Financial Credit Union grant recipient! The grant, in the amount of $15,000, will support in delivering a Play & Learn program in Prescott, including participation in the Language and Literacy Technical Assistance Project. Trish Robinson, Candelen Vice President of Programs, accepting the grant on behalf of Candelen from Desert Financial Credit Union Senior Vice President, Sara Regan Candelen is elated to be partnering with Desert Financial to have a chance to serve Northern Arizona with this essential program. Families are bombarded with messages of what they need to purchase so their children can… View Article Read More

Candelen Receives Grant to Provide Nutrition Education and Healthy Food to Kith & Kin Participants

By Madeleine Lovett | October 13, 2021
Candelen has been selected as a 2021 Neighborhood Grant Partner from the Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation. The grant, in the amount of $10,000, will help bring healthy snacks and nutrition education to participants in Candelen’s Arizona Kith & Kin Project. Chance Stribling, Candelen Fundraising Coordinator, accepting the grant on behalf of Candelen from Tempe Sprouts Store Manager Anthony Chambers The Neighborhood Grants support organizations working at the community level, providing nutrition education and healthy food access programs to kids. Since 2016, the Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation has awarded more than $2.7 million in Neighborhood Grants to 255 nonprofit organizations across… View Article Read More

The Association for Supportive Child Care Announces Long-Awaited Rebranding

By Madeleine Lovett | June 30, 2021
The Association for Supportive Child Care (ASCC) is thrilled to announce their long-awaited rebrand as Candelen. For more than four decades, ASCC has been at the forefront of innovative educational programs that nurture children to be their most brilliant selves. The company has embraced the rapid evolution of caregivers’ needs, and the result is a refreshed, modernized organization with promise to continue providing improved education and the best care possible. Four years after the Equal Opportunity Act was passed, the Association for Supportive Child Care was born in order to help working Arizona mothers find child care. Over these 45… View Article Read More

Candelen Receives Grant to Empower Early Childhood Caregivers and Teachers

By Madeleine Lovett | February 11, 2021
Candelen has received a $20,000 grant from the PNC Foundation to support the Kith & Kin program. The grant will fund a 15-week series of weekly sessions that provide training and support to Family, Friend, and Neighbor (FFN) child care providers to improve the quality of care provided to young children. We applaud the work that Candelen is doing to make sure that home-based child care providers receive the necessary training and supportive resources they need to keep kids safe, healthy and happy; they too are essential workers and without them, there is no economic recovery. Cathleen Walker PNC Regional… View Article Read More

COVID-19 Vaccination Update

By Madeleine Lovett | January 13, 2021
Child care providers are prioritized in COVID-19 vaccination distribution in Phase 1B, which in some parts of the state starts now. For more information on vaccination sites by county, visit the ADHS COVID-19 Vaccine Webpage or contact your tribal health entity. Count contacts can be found here. Read More