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.
The Kindergarten Experience: Professional Development Trainings
A professional development pilot entitled The Kindergarten Project was created in 2013 to prepare teachers and administrators for the implementation of the Kindergarten Developmental Inventory (KDI). In the spring of 2015, The Kindergarten Experience was launched with a Social and Emotional Development in Kindergarten conference. The Kindergarten Experience, an extension of The Kindergarten Project, is a series of dynamic professional development trainings, workshops and opportunities that offer a comprehensive lens for evidence-based practices that support the whole child in kindergarten. To learn how to attend The Kindergarten Experience and to learn more about the KDI, click HERE
Connecting All the Pieces: Educating the Young Learner
The Arizona Department of Education’s Early Childhood Education Unit, in collaboration with the Arizona Head Start Collaboration Office, is hosting a summer conference, “Connecting All the Pieces: Educating the Young Learner.” This conference will focus on information related to meeting the varying educational needs of young learners and approaching the work with a holistic view of those students. The intent is to support the work of administrators and teachers of young children in their preschool and kindergarten years. Sessions will touch on social emotional development, assessment, language & literacy, family engagement, brain research, early childhood special education, and much more. This conference is designed for Pre-K and Kindergarten Teachers, Administrators, coordinators and related support staff. To register, learn more about the Summit and to view Summit materials, 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.
Gold Checkpoints for FY16-17: Oct. 21, 2016; Feb. 10, 2017; June 2, 2017, July 31, 2017
FY 16 – IDEA Preschool Grant Allocations – CFDA 84.173A
To view the FY 16 – IDEA Preschool Grant Allocations, click HERE