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.
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month
This month and throughout the year, all individuals and organizations are encouraged to play a role in creating a safe and nurturing environment for children and families. When parents are equipped with the skills, knowledge, and resources they need to care for their children, maltreatment of children can be prevented and healthy social and emotional well-being of children and families is promoted. To learn more about child abuse prevention or to attend an event, click here.
2015 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.
Kindergartners thrive when they see themselves as a valued member of the classroom community and when they are confident that they are genuinely valued and loved by their teachers. To view conference details and to register, click here.
To view FY15 IDEA Preschool Grant Allocations, click here