Corner Office: Reflections on the election results

Corner Office: Reflections on the election results

When you work for, or support, an organization life Child & Family Resources, that exists for the mission of building communities where children can reach their full potential, then you are obligated to keep going, to keep fighting for justice, fairness, and a level playing field for all children, not just those from wealthy backgrounds.

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Corner Office: We’ll Never Achieve our Missions by Running Great Programs

Let’s be honest. A traditional agency model, based on providing top-notch services to a limited number of eligible clients isn’t sufficient to make a meaningful impact for most social problems.

Consider for example the fact that less than one in six children in our communities attend quality early childhood education. If we know that the best way to promote children’s potential is ensure that they enter school ready, then we have to make sure more children under five have access to quality preschool and early childhood education.

None of our current programming is geared towards this specific goal. Our services educate parents on the importance of quality early childhood education; we work with childcare professionals to become quality early childhood education – all necessary and powerful programs—but none of them specifically ensure all Arizona children access to education at a critical time in their development.

Getting to scale that large requires a more seismic shift at the policy and community-values level, not finding a few more dollars to increase slots at a few programs (no matter how well run, effective and appreciated they are).

As leaders and advocates for children and families, we need to redefine our roles to include political advocacy. As leaders, we must commit our time to meetings with city council members, mayors, campaign funders, community collaborators, and pollsters in order to affect changes in legislation, because meaningful change and achieving our goals will only happen when our elected leaders have children and family-centric priorities. 

Human-serving organizations like Child & Family Resources and their supporters need to become increasingly more involved in cause-driven political campaigns.

Please stay tuned in the upcoming election cycle for opportunities when you can also join in the effort by voting on legislation that will truly change the state of Arizona. 


Eric Schinder, Ph.D.
President and CEO

Since 2005, Dr. Eric Schindler has been the President and Chief Executive Officer  for Child & Family Resources, Inc.  Dr. Schindler received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Arizona in 1982. After internship training in child and family psychology at U.C. Davis, and postdoctoral training in pediatric psychology in Chicago, he has spent over 30 years working in Tucson community settings as an administrator, director, teacher and practitioner.  A licensed psychologist since 1984, he also served as an adjunct instructor in Family Studies at the University of Arizona for many years. 

Previously, Dr. Schindler served for nine years as the Director of Clinical Services for La Frontera Center, Inc., a comprehensive community behavioral healthcare organization, where he was also the Director of Training for the APA approved Southern Arizona Psychology Internship Consortium. He maintained a  private practice in psychotherapy for 20 years prior to assuming the leadership of Child & Family Resources.

Corner Office: No one should have to choose between a loved one or a job

A letter from Eric Schindler, President and CEO

Let’s picture this: Maria Suarez, a single mother, is an employee at an agency in Tucson. Last Tuesday, Maria’s six year old daughter, Diana, woke up crying with a raging headache and a fever of 102 degrees!

Luckily, Maria had some children’s Tylenol in the house and was able to get Diana to take a big dose, along with some liquids. So she gave her a cool bath and Diana’s fever went down. Maria got her daughter dressed , dropped her off at school with a reminder to take it easy at school, and go to the nurse’s office if she didn’t feel better. Of course, by lunch time, Maria had a voice mail on her phone asking her to please call the school immediately to make arrangements to come get her sick child.

Maria delayed calling back. On the surface it seems like she’s a neglectful mother. Is she?

Consider what happens next. Consider how at two pm when she placed her call back to the school, her supervisor interrupted her conversation with the school nurse.

“Is your daughter sick, again?” her supervisor asked. “You can’t bring her to the office.”

Maria hesitated as she tried to explain that she didn’t have anybody else to watch her daughter, but her supervisor interrupted, “Maria, you’re an hourly employee, so if you leave now and take off tomorrow we won’t pay you. And, I’m beginning to wonder if you’re really able to manage this job….”

So, Maria can either leave to take care of her sick daughter who needs her or stay at the office in order to secure a reliable paycheck and continues employment, which she and her daughter also need.

This is the dilemma of many people in the United States, because we live in one of the few countries in the world that does not require employers to offer sick days. There are 163 countries around the world that guarantee paid sick time, but not the United States!

Don’t think that scenario sounds real? One in six workers in the U.S. report that they or a family member have been fired, suspended, punished or threatened with such action by an employer because they needed to take sick time for themselves or a family member.

  • Nearly 40% of private sector workers in the U.S. lack paid sick time. The problem is even worse in Tucson, where 50% of all private sector workers lack paid sick time.
  • Low-income workers are significantly less likely to have access to paid sick time than other workers. Among full-time, private sector workers in Tucson who earn less than $15,000 a year, 74% lack paid sick time. Furthermore, 72% of service workers and 82% of workers in Tucson employed less than 35 hours a week lack paid sick time.

Workers should not have to worry about losing their jobs or being punished because they are sick or need to care for an ill loved one. In fact, surveys show that a vast majority of Arizonans from all political parties favor earning paid sick time.

We are proud to be part of a coalition that is working to have the mayors and city councils of Tucson and Tempe pass a modest ordinance that will require employers to offer sick leave if they want to do business in those cities.

Join in the fight! We are looking for stories of people who have had to endure tough circumstances because they had no sick days, or people who have benefited from their sick leave, or other compelling related stories. Please read the flier and fact sheet, and if you know of any clients, colleagues, friends or family who has a story to tell, please encourage them to simply write it in a simple email and send to Molly McGovern or Courtney Frogge


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Eric Schinder, Ph.D.
President and CEO

Since 2005, Dr. Eric Schindler has been the President and Chief Executive Officer  for Child & Family Resources, Inc.  Dr. Schindler received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Arizona in 1982. After internship training in child and family psychology at U.C. Davis, and postdoctoral training in pediatric psychology in Chicago, he has spent over 30 years working in Tucson community settings as an administrator, director, teacher and practitioner.  A licensed psychologist since 1984, he also served as an adjunct instructor in Family Studies at the University of Arizona for many years. 

Previously, Dr. Schindler served for nine years as the Director of Clinical Services for La Frontera Center, Inc., a comprehensive community behavioral healthcare organization, where he was also the Director of Training for the APA approved Southern Arizona Psychology Internship Consortium. He maintained a  private practice in psychotherapy for 20 years prior to assuming the leadership of Child & Family Resources.

Honoring Gabe Zimmerman - The 2015 Triple Crown

Gabe Zimmerman, one of the people killed in the tragic shooting on January 8, 2011, was a Child & Family Resources board member and a wonderful advocate for children and families. To honor Gabe, his father Ross, who now serves on our board of directors, and the organizers of Southern Arizona Roadrunners created the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown, a series of three run/walk events. 

“If we can walk or run three miles in a hot summer night or get around the Saguaro loop, the ups and downs of daily life are certainly manageable. If we can climb A-Mountain, we can rise to our other challenges. Our goal is to celebrate Gabe and motivate the community to aspire to individual and collective greatness–-to work alone and work with others towards those goals we find valuable. To celebrate living, community, and good will. To live with love, to live with passion to chase dreams.” ~ Southern Arizona Roadrunners

Supporting Wellness

In honor of Gabe’s commitment to children and families, Arizona Roadrunners donates $10 from any registration for the Triple Crown to Child & Family Resources. This year, the community raised over $8,000! We use the funds here at Child & Family Resources to support the health and wellness programs in our offices. 

Team CFR

We had a great team of staff members participating at all three stages of the 2015 Triple Crown. We joined the kick-off close to home with the wonderful Meet Me Downtown 5k Night Run/Walk on May 30th. We enjoyed the wonderful weather of the Saguaro National Park Labor Day 8-Miler & 5k on May 30th. And we were so pleased to joins so many other walkers and runners at the closing Get Moving Tucson Half-Marathon Event featuring TMC A-Mountain Half-Marathon, Tucson Lifestyle 5k, and Cox Charities 1-mile, on October 25th. 

Special Thanks

At each event, we were honored to have our board member Ross Zimmerman bring the passion and spirit that Gabe brought to our organization. 

Board member Ross Zimmerman and CEO & President Eric Schindler before the Saguaro National Park Labor Day race

Board member Ross Zimmerman and CEO & President Eric Schindler before the Saguaro National Park Labor Day race

Thank you to Randy Acetta for his tireless work on the three great races of the Triple Crown. Thank you for keeping Child & Family Resources at the heart of these events.

Thank you to Southern Arizona Roadrunners for bringing health, wellness, and fun to our city. If you haven't yet, check them out and get involved in all the fun runs and serious races. Visit them at www.azroadrunners.org

Special thanks to all the runners/walkers who registered and contributed to the great donation to Child & Family Resources. 

Join us next year

Stay tuned to the Triple Crown page on the Southern Arizona Roadrunner's page to find the races for 2016. We look forward to seeing you at the races!