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Published: February 6th, 2018

Revision and Alignment of the Infant Toddler Developmental Guidelines


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:

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.

Meetings have been scheduled for:

  • April 6, 2018
  • April 27, 2018
  • May 11, 2018
  • May 23, 2018
  • June 15,2018
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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: July 13th, 2017

Introducing My TeachingStrategies™

Teaching Strategies® GOLD™ Users,

MyTeachingStrategies will soon be your new single entry point for accessing GOLD®; bringing together the digital classroom tools, resources, and support that you regularly need throughout your day onto one user-friendly platform. Most GOLD® accounts will upgrade to the new MyTeachingStrategies platform on the first day of your Fall 2017-2018 Checkpoint (upgrade dates may vary by location). Teachers can seamlessly interact with five key areas that support high-quality teaching practice and make navigating between digital classroom tools and resources easy and intuitive:

Letter to the field

Click Information for Teachers and Administrators to access free resources to ensure your GOLD® account is ready for the upgrade to MyTeachingStrategies.


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Published: July 10th, 2017

Be Safe Certification Training – November 3-4, 2017

Autism Speaks, Autism Society of America and SARRC are excited to bring the BE SAFE Certification training to Arizona.  What is BE SAFE and why do the training?

This interactive workshop empowers you with the tools to address the safety needs of teens and adults with ASD. Participants view the BE SAFE The Movie, a video modeling tool that helps prepare students for a safe and independent life. The curriculum will be explored in depth, including games, activities, resources and goals for transition.  Trainees will be prepared to make a difference in the life of every teen and adult with ASD and receive a certificate of course completion. Visit the Information and Registration link for more information and registration.


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Published: May 8th, 2017

2017-18 P.L.A.Y. Dates!

September 28, 2017 – Mesa Public Schools
November 30, 2017 – Coolidge
February 22, 2018 – Cave Creek
April 26, 2018 – Chandler

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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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