Since 2017, ADE-ECE has worked in partnership with Sure Shot Photography to conduct a qualitative study of the impact of the Preschool Development Grant (PDG) opportunity in 15 participating programs. The programs represent l0% of all programs who participated in PDG. They are a selection of family home providers, faith-based providers, charter schools, Head Start, and school district programs. This spring, these programs are hosting community events recognize their children and families, honor their administrative and teaching staff, and celebrate the incredible things the PDG has helped them to accomplish. Click here to check out the spring events as they occur!
Schedule of Events:
March 19, 2019: Yuma District One
March 20, 2019: Arcoiris and Famania
March 25, 2019: Stanfield
March 26, 2019: Liberty Head Start and Ocotillo Learning Center
March 27, 2019: Benson
March 29, 2019: Fowler
April 4, 2019: Page
April 5, 2019: Flagstaff Co-op and STAR School
April 8, 2019: Kindertots
April 11, 2019: Saints Simon and Jude Cathedral School
The first PDG B-5 local planning committee (LPC) meeting was held in Region 7: Yuma. The meeting was attended by 15 community representatives and 3 ADE staff. The LPC was given an overview of the plan for the PDG B-5 planning year, as well as given an opportunity to join the local planning committee for their region. Attendees had many good ideas on how to leverage the existing collaboration networks (i.e. the Early Childhood Collaborative) and how to supplement those networks with opportunities for private and family care providers to be able to participate. The group is excited to get things underway!
The Arizona Department of Education’s Early Childhood Unit is hosting a 3 day summer conference, “Early Childhood Summer Summit: A Hero’s Journey.” This conference will focus on engaging, professional challenging breakout sessions that provide evidence-based, hands-on experiences to support the Heart, Empathy, Resilience, and Optimism (HERO) within all early childhood professionals. The topics to be offered will focus on information related to Current Early Childhood Initiatives, Language and Literacy, Family Engagement, Kindergarten Readiness, and Comprehensive Assessment. The intent of this summit is to support the work of administrators and teachers of young children in their early childhood (birth to 3rd Grade) years. The conference will be held at the Desert Willow Conference Center (http://www.desertwillowconferencecenter.com/). For nearby accommodations please see the following :http://www.desertwillowconferencecenter.com/accommodations
The Early Childhood Education section of the Arizona Department of Education will be commencing the revision of the Infant Toddler Developmental Guidelines.
The purpose of this work is to revise the Infant Toddler Developmental Guidelines. With the recent revisions to the Arizona’s Early Learning Standards, the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework: Ages Birth to Five, and Arizona’s K-12 Standards, it is necessary to update and revise the Infant Toddler Developmental Guidelines. These revisions will reflect current research and knowledge as it pertains to infant/toddler development.
Participants in the revision work groups must commit to reviewing current research and best practice as provided by the leaders of the work-group, participate in on-site meetings as well as possible intermittent committee work by phone and be able to read and edit for content and common vision.
In an effort to establish a team reflective of the early childhood field and the geographic differences in our state, we ask that all individuals interested in being considered for participation in the work fill out the online application using the following link: http://bit.ly/2lRlctK
A series of day-long meetings in the Phoenix area have been established for the initial work. Additional statewide stakeholder groups and comment periods may follow.