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.

Hot Topics  and Upcoming Events:

FY 15 IDEA Preschool Grant Allocations

New  GOLD Checkpoints for FY15

  • February 6, 2015
  • May 29, 2015
  • July 31, 2015 (for Head Starts)

2015 Arizona School Readiness Framework 

The Kindergarten Experience:  April 24th and 25th, 2015