Public School Leadership Alliance for Young Children  


The PLAY Group is an active group of Arizona Early Childhood Educators representing preschool programs in public school settings. This group meets once a month from September through May to discuss issues related to topics that support quality Early Childhood Education. This meeting affords participants the opportunity to network with other local education agencies, get questions answered from ADE staff as well as provide guidance to systems building in Arizona. Participants in this group include those working in early childhood special education, school based community preschool programs, Head Start, Title I preschool programs and other pre-school programs located on public school campuses.

If you are interested in being a part of this exciting, dynamic and active group or would like to be added to the listserv in order to re-ceive e-mails and meeting information, please contact:


The PLAY group would like Mari Whelan to represent school districts on the assessment review committee.  Her work email is

Here are the future dates and locations for this school year’s meetings:

  • November 6, 2014 - Paradise Valley
  • December 4, 2014 - Tempe
  • February 5, 2015 - Casa Grande
  • March 5, 2015 - Chandler
  • April 2, 2015 - Mesa
  • May 7, 2015 - Scottsdale or Pendergast – TBD

Meetings begin at 9:30