For over 45 years, CCC&Y has acted as the county-wide communication link, bridging supports and services for children and youth. Through advocacy, prevention, education, and community partnership building, CCC&Y has built a strong, extensive network of families, providers, leaders and communities all striving to improve the lives of young people.
We ignite collective action that creates better lives for children and families.
We imagine a world where every person lives in peace and is supported by a thriving, resilient community.
In January of 1972, a group of dedicated, driven community members with similar vision came together around the health, well being, and success of children. It was through these individuals that the Colloquium on the Child and the Community was developed. Shortly following, the group obtained 501 c 3 status and in April of 1972 officially formed the Coconino County Council for Children.
The Coconino County Council for Children (CCCC) was an alliance which advocated for children’s needs, served as an informational resource around children and children’s services, and promoted the coordination of efforts on behalf of children.
In 1992 CCCC merged with the Child Health Committee which led successful projects involving accident prevention, teen wellness, teen pregnancy prevention, and nutrition, among other activities. The result was the Coconino Coalition for Children and Youth (CCC&Y). This merge furthered the efforts around children and youth issues and created greater unity in Coconino County.
In 1997, CCC&Y was awarded DES funds to become a Regional Child Abuse Prevention Council, providing yet another opportunity to grow and strengthen around children’s health and safety. The Child Abuse Prevention Council has been an active internal committee of CCC&Y since then, providing child abuse prevention education to parents, educators, and health care and social service professionals. The CAP committee also spreads awareness on prevention through annual CAP activities, including the CAP Kickoff Luncheon Fundraiser, Caring for Children Awards, and the CAP Conference.
After 48 years, with similar intent and the original goals and objectives in mind, CCC&Y continues to be a voice for children, advocating on their behalf and working to ensure all children and youth have the resources they need to reach their full potential.