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!

 CaptureFormative Assessment Pilot for Primary Teachers

 We would like to extend an invitation to your primary teachers to take part in piloting a formative assessment. The participation of Arizona teachers in this pilot phase will ensure that the profiles and needs of our students from across the state are reflected in the development of the instrument, making it representative of and relevant to our population.  To learn more and to find out how to be part of the pilot, click here.

  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)

To view FY15 IDEA Preschool Grant Allocations, click here 

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 Professional Development Opportunities 


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