Published: November 14th, 2017

2017 Family Engagement Summit: December 8-9, 2017

The Arizona Department of Education announces our first Family Engagement Summit. The summit will take place at the Black Canyon Conference Center Friday, December 8 – Saturday, December 9, 2017. The two day summit will be open to all early childhood educators as well as families. The overall focus of the summit will be on high quality family engagement strategies. Our goal is to support programs and families in forming strong partnerships that will improve outcomes for Arizona’s children. Sessions are applicable to both practitioners and families, and will cover topics detailed below:

High Quality Family Engagement Strategies

  • Building trusting relationships with families
  • Recognizing families as the child’s first and most important teacher
  • Strength-based model
  • Effectively engaging families
  • Building partnerships
  • Father/Male involvement

What: Family Engagement Summit 
When: December 8 – 9, 2017 8:00 am—4:30 pm 
Where: Black Canyon Conference Center 
9440 N 25th Ave., 
Phoenix, AZ 85021 
Cost: $170 
To register:

Family Engagement Summit Information

Family Engagement Summit Agenda


Exhibitor space is limited to 10 exhibitors.  Applications are accepted on a first come, first served basis and approved at the discretion of Arizona Department of Education.  When the exhibit space has been filled, exhibitor(s) will be put on a waiting list should there be any openings after the registration deadline passed. The deadline to submit your application is November 17th, 2017.

Call for Exhibitors 
Exhibitor Application, Rules, and Regulations

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Published: November 9th, 2017

Early Childhood Photo Submissions Due February 8, 2018

Dear Early Childhood Educators (Birth─3rd Grade) and Early Childhood Programs,

IT’S PICTURE TIME! Does your program offer high quality, developmentally appropriate, and culturally and linguistically responsive early childhood experiences where children and their caregivers are deeply engaged in learning? ADE ECE invites you and your program to submit photos for use in the Arizona Early Learning Standards and other ADE early childhood purposes. We are seeking photos that represent our diverse children, families, and educators statewide: High Quality Inclusive Early Learning across ArizonaIn Arizona, a high quality preschool program means an early learning program that fully implements to a significant degree the Program Guidelines for High Quality (PGHQ) and quality improvement tools aligned with the statewide quality rating and improvement system Quality First:

 The top 2 exemplary submissions will each receive 1 complimentary registration each to the ADE ECE Summer Institute June 20-22, 2018. Award recipients will be contacted by March 5, 2018 and should plan to attend this conference at the Wigwam Resort in Phoenix. Completed submissions are due via email by December 8, 2017 at 5 p.m. Extended Deadline: February 8, 2018. We look forward to seeing High Quality, Inclusive Early Learning across Arizona. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us: [email protected] or 602-364-1530.


Photo Submission Letter

Photo Submission Rubric

Photo Release/Permission Form

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Published: September 22nd, 2017

2018 IDEA Preschool Allocations

FY 2018 IDEA Preschool allocations are pending final approval of the data sources by the Exceptional Students Services Unit. We anticipate that the grant will be available by the end of September. Original submission deadline will be February 16, 2018.

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Published: March 9th, 2017

2017 ECE Summer Conference: Registration Details & Conference Materials

Registration Information

Attendees are now able to register for the 2017 ADE Early Childhood Education Conference titled, “Framing the Work: Achieving Excellence in Early Childhood Education”. The conference will be held at the Westward Look in Tucson, Arizona from June 21-23, 2017. See below for more conference details and to register:

Register for the Conference

Conference Flyer 

The Westward Look in Tucson is located at 245 E. Ina Road, Tucson , AZ 85704. A block of rooms is available for $91.00/night during the conference. Please book by May 29, 2017 in order to receive this rate!

*Breakfast and lunch for all three days are included in the price of registration ($215)

Book Your Room


Conference Materials

Conference Schedule

Breakout Session Descriptions

Curriculum Fidelity

Strategies to Create a Culture of Safety

Early Math in Everyday Practice

Creativity Tapping into Learning Preferences

Alphabet Learning

Meet Up and Learn

Meet up and Learn Handout

Reading and the Brain

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