Welcome to Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Logo The mission of the Early Childhood Education (ECE) unit is to provide leadership and support to schools, organizations, educators, families and communities in implementing programs that assist all children from birth through age 8 to become successful lifelong learners.  The ECE unit administers the Head Start State Collaboration grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services to establish linkages among Head Start, childcare, social welfare, health and state funded preschool programs, and K-12 Education.

 star 2015-16 STAR Autism Project For School Districts

 Interested in participating as part of an innovative project during the 2015 – 2016 school year designed to increase early childhood/K-3 school district teams’ capacity to work effectively with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) during the critical years of brain and behavior development?  Click here to learn more about how to apply and how to get your school involved. We are excited to continue to expand this opportunity in learning communities. Last year, we held cohorts with grades Pre-K to Grade 3; this year we are moving up to middle school and high school!

   CapturePilot Parents of Southern Arizona – AZ Partners in Leadership

Through collaboration with the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire, Pilot Parents of Southern Arizona is pleased to announce that the Partners in Policymaking program has been enhanced and will now be known as AZ Partners in Leadership.  AZ Partners in Leadership is an innovative leadership training program that teaches people to be community leaders, and to affect systems and policy change at the local, state, and national levels.  Click here to learn more.

  asrf2015 Arizona School Readiness Framework (ASRF)

In seeking a common definition for school readiness, Arizona has adopted a comprehensive approach to describing what readiness looks like for young children entering kindergarten.  The definition of school readiness used in the ASRF emphasizes both the knowledge and attributes children need in order to attend to rigorous curriculum presented in the classroom.  To view the ASRF, click here.

GOLD website iconGold Checkpoints for FY15:  May 29th, 2015; July 31, 2015 ( for Head Starts)

FY 16 – Preschool Grant Allocations

To view the FY 16 – Preschool Grant Allocations, click here

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 Professional Development Opportunities 


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