Published: February 23rd, 2018

Preschool Development Grant FY19 Funding Opportunity

Preschool Development Grant (PDG) 2018-2019 Funding

PDG is a competitive grant. Eligible providers that wish to participate must:

  • Submit a proposal that outlines the number of children they propose to serve, as well as their service opportunities (full-day, or part-day combined with other funds to complete a full-day, and number of months); and
  • Be determined eligible and of sufficient quality to participate in the funding; and
  • Have the capacity to meet grant deliverables including programmatic, fiscal, and infrastructure capacities.

Funding allocations will be determined based on the information submitted in the proposal, the number of eligible programs, and total funding available. Proposals are submitted via electronic survey link to ADE ECE and must be submitted by the due date to be considered.

Allocations are dependent on available funding. Funding will be distributed based on the eligible programs who submit proposals for the upcoming fiscal year funding. There is the possibility that not all eligible programs will be chosen for participation nor may proposals be fully funded. All proposals will receive notification of award or non-award of PDG. Award letters will be sent via email to awarded sub-grantees. The award letter which will indicate total program funding award as well as the total number of children that can be served with the funding.

Allocations are calculated by the number of slots (full-time, or part-time combined with other funds to enhance a full day) and number of service months (9 or 10 months) and are limited to the funding amounts in the chart below:

Informational Webinar: Watch the informational webinar to learn more about the PDG fiscal year 2018-2019 funding opportunity to increase access for age- and income-eligible children to attend high quality preschool.
PDG FY19 Informational Webinar Flier 
PDG FY19 Informational Webinar Presentation PDF

icon Video Recorded PDG FY19 Informational Webinar: https://cms.azed.gov/home/GetDocumentFile?id=5a723a9e3217e1055c9845f4

PDG FY19 Proposals

PDG FY19 proposals open February 1, 2018 via the Survey Net link below and will close March 1, 2018 by 5 p.m. Proposals are only accepted as electronic survey submissions at: http://www10.ade.az.gov/SelectSurveyNET/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=72M13pmK. Only completed surveys with all required data will be reviewed by ADE ECE. Please save a copy of your proposal submission for your own records.

This document is intended to provide a place to record necessary information before submitting a proposal: PDG FY19 Proposal Template. The survey platform does not permit submitters to save and return to the submission.

For additional guidance and information related to PDG FY19 implementation and requirements: 2019 PDG Manual.

For a PDG overview, additional PDG information and resources, and PDG webinar with FY19 proposal guidance: www.azed.gov/ece/current-initiatives. For questions or technical assistance: [email protected] or 602-364-1530.

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Published: February 22nd, 2018

Early Learning and the Brain Summit: April 18, 2018

Early Learning & the Brain Summit

Wednesday April 18, 2018

Glendale Civic Center

5750 W Glenn  Dr.  Glendale, AZ 85301

9am-5pm (Registration and breakfast start at 8 am)

Cost: $85

(includes breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack)

Through a keynote speech, breakout sessions, and meaningful discourse, this summit will explore the science of how we learn, incorporating the latest research on improving instruction, motivation and mindsets, designing thinking, hands-on exploration, active learning, effective feedback and more.

The Early Learning & the Brain Summit will be welcoming Erika Christakis (author of The Importance of Being Little: What Young Children Really Need from Grownups). 

Register Using the Link Below!


Hotel Suggestions:

Staybridge Suites (4.8 miles west of Glendale civic center): https://www.ihg.com/staybridge/hotels/us/en/glendale/phxgz/hoteldetail?cm_mmc=GoogleMaps-_-SB-_-USA-_-PHXGZ

 SpringHill Suites by Marriott (also 4.8 miles west of Glendale Civic Center) http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/phxgl-springhill-suites-phoenix-glendale-sports-and-entertainment-district/?scid=bb1a189a-fec3-4d19-a255-54ba596febe2

Thunderbird Executive Inn & Conference Center (6.3 miles north of the civic center) http://www.thunderbirdexecutiveinn.com/default-en.html


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 March 20, 2018.

Call for Exhibitors

Exhibitor Application, Rules and Regulations


Summit Materials



The What, When, and How of Playfully Building Executive Functions by Dr. Billie Enz and Dr. Jill Stamm

Girl Brain, Boy Brain by Neil Tift

Adverse Childhood Experiences by Neil Tift

Executive Function and Autism by Suzanne Perry and Lisa Kunz

Tools and Strategies to Support Executive Function by Mitch Galbraith and Janet Fukuda

Creative Mindsets and Approaches: Learning from Successful, Creative Teachers by Danah Henriksen – Unavailable

Creativity by design in the classroom by Punya Mishra and Danah Henriksen – Unavailable

Supporting Rigorous and Appropriate Practices Kindergarten and Beyond by Vincent Costanza – Unavailable

Reflective Teaching Incorporating  the Formative Assessment Process by Christopher Lawrence – Unavailable

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Published: December 12th, 2017

Early Childhood Special Education Summit: February 15-16, 2018

Designing and Delivering: Building Programs for All

The Early Childhood Special Education Summit is in its third year of sharing professional development led by practitioners from around our state. We continue to highlight the systems and strategies that quality programs embrace to achieve positive outcomes for all their young children. Although the focus is on special education there will be useful information for all with strategies to keep us engaged!

Our first keynote is a fun and lively presentation by Jim Gill, award winning musician and child development specialist, who will share his message on the importance of play and language development through music.  Get your dancing shoes ready…this is a blend of active participation and useful information!

The Summit will also include keynote and breakout presentations from Professor Emeritus, Dr. Laurie Dinnebeil, whose information about special education can help us design effective and efficient delivery systems of specially designed instruction. Her book entitled, A Guide to Itinerant Early Childhood Special Education Services, will be available for purchase (and included in the raffle of door prizes).

The Summit includes sessions from several partnering organizations, service providers, teachers, therapists, and coaches whose transformative practices and leadership are keys to success in our early childhood community.

This year we will also have a vendor area so you can learn about ongoing important initiatives as well as purchase classroom items.

We hope you will join us!

**Please note: Checks, purchase orders, and internal transfers are only accepted up until 3 days of an event. These methods of payment must be verified as a valid form of payment within 3 days or the registration will be cancelled and registrants must re-register. Once you are within 3 days of the event the only method of payment that will be accepted is a credit card. 

 Purchase Orders can be issued to: Arizona Department of Education, 1535 W. Jefferson Street, Bin #1 (Accounting), Phoenix, AZ 85007**

Date : 15th & 16th February 2018 Time : 8:00 AM-5:00 PM Venue : Black Canyon Conference Center Phoenix, AZ Keynote Topics: Campaign for Play—Music an d Movement Itinerant Early Childhood Special Education Ser vices To register: https://ems.azed.gov/Home/Calendar?sd=4956

Register now!

Agenda and Presentations

Presenter Proposal Application



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 January 18, 2018.

Call for Exhibitors 
Exhibitor Application, Rules, and Regulations

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Published: July 24th, 2017

The 3rd Annual Kindergarten Transition for All Children Summit – 10/11/2017

The 3rd Annual Kindergarten Transition for All Children Summit- 10/11/2017 – Click the link to access the conference flyer

Join ADE ECE for an engaging professional development opportunity to discover more about current research and best practices in Kindergarten Transitions and systems building and to collaborate with local partners.

For NEW ECQUIP teams, this will be an opportunity to investigate current research on Kindergarten Transition, learn from successes and challenges of teams already implementing transition strategies, and develop a written Kindergarten Transition plan to engage their community.

For RETURNING teams (that attended previous Kindergarten Transition summits), this will be an opportunity to reconnect, reflect on and analyze progress, and delve into data-informed approaches to enhance Kindergarten Transition processes and build stronger systems of support for children and families.

Participants will receive a certificate of professional development for 6.5 hours.


Kindergarten Transition Summit Agenda

Engaging Families and the Community in Partnership

Using the Registry as a Foundation to Build a Quality Early Childhood PD System


Quality Assessment Systems

ADE Balanced Assessment Framework

Appropriate and Meaningful Assessment – NAEYC

Designing a Comprehensive Assessment System – West Ed

How Do You Build a High Quality Assessment System?

For more information or to learn more about Assessment Module professional development workshops from ADE ECE, visit ems.azed.gov or contact your ADE Early Childhood Program Specialist.

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