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Grace Okia has been the office manager here at FOCAL for the past ten years and it is with much sadness and regrets that we are saying good-bye.  Grace will be leaving FOCAL to take some much needed rest as she reconnects with her family and loved ones.  The FOCAL Family will truly miss Grace and we wish her the very best of health and prosperity as she sojourns to the next phase of her life.

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Research shows that children not only recognize race from a very young age, but develop racial biases by age three.  Studies also indicate that a child’s self-perception coupled with the attitude of an adult can set into motion a very limited life pattern for reaching its fullest potential.  FOCAL believes that early education that address racial bias and prejudice can transform children and help them understand race inequity in our society.  Read More






FOCAL’s Winter Newsletter Features Highlights from its 2014 Annual Conference

January 6, 2015

Check out our FOCALpoint Winter 2014 newsletter where we feature highlights from our 2014 Annual Training Conference. Read more

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FOCAL prepares for its SRBWI 2015 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

January 5, 2015

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FOCAL’s 2015 SRBWI Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held on March 3, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at the Rosa Parks Museum, Troy University Montgomery Campus, Montgomery, Alabama.  The deadline for submitting Nominee Applications is January 9, 2015.  Click here for application. Pictured seated above: 2013 Inductees  

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FOCAL’s 42nd Annual Training Conference a Success!!!

November 19, 2014


Approximately 200 individuals participated in FOCAL’s 42nd Annual Training Conference which was held on Saturday, November 15 at Troy University Montgomery.  FOCAL’s conference theme this year was “Child Care and Race: Why Race Matters” with Bryan Stevenson, Executive Director of Equal Justice Initiative, as the luncheon keynote speaker. The conference began on Friday night with our [...]

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Bryan A. Stevenson, Author and Executive Director of Equal Justice Initiative will keynote FOCAL’S 42nd Annual Conference & SRBWI State Convening

October 7, 2014

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  FOCAL’s 42nd Annual Conference and SRBWI Convening theme is “Race and Child Care: Why Race Matters”. We will kick off the conference on Friday, November 14th at 10:00 AM at the Capitol steps for the third annual Stand for Children Celebration. Friday evening FOCAL membership will meet from 4:30-5:30 at the Homewood Suites Hotel [...]

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It’s here!! FOCAL’s Summer Newsletter

September 3, 2014

Check out FOCAL Point Summer 2014 Newsletter

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Citizens Turn Out for Medicaid Expansion Rally

June 5, 2014


Over 14,000 signatures were collected for the rally that was held on the Capital steps on May 31, 2014. Supporters gathered in solidarity to demand that our Governor expand Medicaid that would help provide healthcare for over 300,000 Alabamians. Several speakers, including Callie Greer, spoke on the “personal impact” of the effects of non-Medicaid expansion. Ms. Greer [...]

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Alabama Needs Medicaid! Join the SOS Medicaid Expansion Campaign

April 30, 2014


    The SOS Movement for Truth and Justice Launches ACA/Medicaid Expansion Campaign                         The linked Save Our Selves Movement Expand Medicaid Petition  is for you to sign and to gather signatures from hundreds of others.   Our goal is 10,000 signatures to push Governor Bentley to use his power to provide medical coverage to 200,000 [...]

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FOCAL’S Spring 2014 Newsletter is Here!

April 30, 2014

Check out our Vision themed FOCALpoint Spring 2014 Newsletter where we feature our Equal Voice Alabama Campaign which is improving the lives of families!

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