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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 Lindsay Olivarez practiced law for over 10 years, first in the field of family law before transitioning to education law where she helped represent district and charter schools throughout the State of Arizona. Lindsay recently stepped away from her legal career to focus on raising… View Article Read More

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

By Madeleine Lovett | June 25, 2020
PHOENIX (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… View Article Read More

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

By Madeleine Lovett | May 19, 2020
PHOENIX (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… View Article Read More

Candelen Receives $744,000 Multi-Year Parsons Grant

By Madeleine Lovett | January 16, 2020
PHOENIX (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… View Article Read More