Read On Arizona is a partnership of organizations committed to ensuring our children have the language and literacy skills they need to be reading at grade level by third grade. 

In support of these efforts, through a collaborative partnership with myON – a leading provider of digital literacy, setting the trend for personalized reading – all Arizona children ages three and up will have free and unlimited access to thousands of digital books from April through September 2014.  

The books in myON are available to Arizona children and families at home, at school and in community centers. In fact, access is available anywhere, anytime students can access an Internet connection or a device such as an iPad or a Kindle. Offline reading is also supported through free downloadable apps available at iTunes, Google Play or the Kindle Store.

Sign up today and start making a reader this summer, it only takes a few simple steps to access myON books:

  1.  Go online to www.ReadOnArizona.org/myON
  2.  Click on myon.com then select the “Log In Now”button and enter the following information: 
    1. School Name:Read On Arizona, Digital Library (Begin entering the first few letters and then select from the drop-down menu)
    2. User name: read
    3. Password: read
  3.  Click on Sign In, select a book and start reading!

 For More Information please click here and here


EMPOWER Conference – Save the Date!!!!

 Announcing the 3rd Annual EMPOWER Conference

 Empowering Habits, Empowering Lives:

Superheroes Soaring To New Heights!

Saturday May 3, 2014, all day free training

Location: Desert Willow Conference Center: 4340 E Cotton Center Blvd,Phoenix, AZ 85040

 Join early childhood development partners from across the state as we explore the Empower standards and policies, and discuss ways that we can be an everyday Superhero for Health! Registration and additional conference information will be available soon. Check back often for conference updates on the EMPOWER website: www.theempowerpack.org







K-3 PBS KIDS Writers Contest

Arizona Kindergarten through 3rd grade students have a chance to enter the Arizona PBS KIDS Writers Contest. The contest is open to any Arizona resident who is a Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grade student.

Participants must submit an original, single authored story accompanied by at least 5 original, clear and colorful illustrations. Stories may be fact or fiction, prose or poetry. For more inforamtion please click HERE

Interested in advancing your career in Early Childhood Education?

NAU, and Rio Salado in collaboration with the Pendergast Elementary School District, is searching for individuals seeking Early Childhood Certification, endorsement or an advanced degree. For more information please click HERE

Arizona DEC Spring Conference Registration is Available

Arizona Division of Early Childhood (DEC) and the Arizona Department of Education are pleased to present the DEC Spring Conference, March 1, 2014 at the Desert Willow Conference Center.  This year’s conference will feature speakers from the STAR Autism Support Program and will focus on teaching skills to children in natural learning environments, and generalizing those skills across routines. These strategies are beneficial for all young children with disabilities. 

This one day session will demonstrate successful implementation of STAR teaching strategies in preschool classrooms.

Participants will learn:

  •  to implement discrete trial training techniques/the importance of generalization of these skills into natural learning environments;
  • how to teach the attending skills needed to be a learner, imitation skills needed to model teachers/peers, safety skills, and how to teach students to follow one-step directions;
  •  the importance of functional routines to teach independence and generalization of skills through preschool routines of circle, snack, centers and transition.

 The conference is beneficial for anyone working in Early Childhood, from birth-3rd grade, families of children with disabilities as well as adult students enrolled in an Early Childhood program. 

Please click HERE to register. Registration must be completed by February 27, 2014 and can be completed using a check or Purchase Order. No registrations will be accepted on site. If you have specific questions about the conference, you can contact DEC’s Executive Board President, Kathy Coloma by email at KColoma@azdes.gov .

ECE Endorsement


ECQUIP Standards Rubric

ECQUIP Standards Rubric

Arizona LEA Tracker – ALEAT

ALEAT Access

How to Submit a Monitoring Instrument

ECQUIP – Quality Enhancement Plan


AZ Early Childhood Consortium Meeting



Public School Leadership Alliance for Young Children  

(formerly known as Early Childhood Consortium) 

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:


Special Education Learning Experiences for Competency in Teaching (SELECT)

SELECT courses are available online for special education teachers, general education teachers, administrators, and paraprofessionals to meet re-certification requirements or to provide professional growth for anyone working with students with disabilities. Classes can be taken for university credit or free for professional development hours. For more information  click on the link below.

SELECT At A Glance Summer 2013