AzAEYC promotes high-quality early learning for all children, birth through age 8, by connecting practice, policy, and research. We advance a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children.
Martha MuñozPresident
Melissa Busby |  President Elect
Lena Malofeeva | VP of Membership & Communication
Michelle Saint Hilarie | VP of Policy & Advocacy
Eric Bucher | VP of 
Professional Development
Julia Butler | Treasurer
Shanna Kukla | Secretary
Terry Doolan |  Member-at-Large
Jonathon Adam H. Gonzales | Member-at-Large
Stacia Emerson | Member-at-Large
Elizabeth Taylor | NAzAEYC Affiliate Representative
Jenny Douglas | SAzAEYC Affiliate Representative
Andrea Benkel | VSAEYC Affiliate Representative
Ana Bribiesca | YCAzAEYC Affiliate Representative
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Calling All Early Childhood Professionals!  

The Arizona Early Childhood Career and Professional Development Network is a central, one-stop location to connect you with training, information and resources to grow your skills and advance your career in early childhood.

Join the Arizona Early Childhood Workforce Registry to find professional development opportunities, register for training and manage your career profile Learn How

Financial scholarships to support eligible individuals in completing a credential, associate degree, or bachelor's degree in early childhood education are also available through the Registry. Learn More

For Scholarship Information:
Would you like someone to come give a presentation about the Registry and Scholarships to your GROUP? Contact your regional coordinator today! 
Gordon Brown  | Regional Coordinator | Maricopa & Pinal Counti
| (602) 527-6438
Lisa Cobb  | Regional Coordinator | Maricopa & Pinal Counti
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Veronica Hernandez  | Regional Coordinator | Graham, Greenlee, Apache & Navajo Counties
| (602) 527-6390
Tammy Lee  | Regional Coordinator | Coconino, Gila & Yavapai
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Kristine Nishimura  | Regional Coordinator | Cochise, Pima & Santa Cruz
(602) 708-9830 
Susana O'Brien  | Regional Coordinator | La Paz, Mohave & Yuma 
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ISSUE NO. 23 / MARCH 2016 
Message from the President
Dr. Martha Muñoz
AzAEYC President
Greetings Colleagues,

You may have noticed a new look with the AzAEYC newsletter. We are striving to make the newsletter easier to navigate while addressing a wide range of events and initiatives throughout the state and country. Please feel free to share feedback on the newsletter with me.
I spent a chilly five days in Washington, DC recently in order to participate in the Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation (ECADA) Commission meeting. 2016 marks a ten year anniversary for ECADA! Additionally, NAEYC is expanding the higher education accreditation system to accredit programs at the baccalaureate and master's degree level. NAEYC is launching a pilot for the expansion of the system.

During the ECADA meeting, I sat at a large meeting table in the 6th conference room at the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Headquarters, I reflected on the value of the relationships I've formed with mentors. Hanging on the wall of that particular conference room are photographs of past NAEYC Presidents. Yes, it was a goose bumps moment for me; I'll admit it! I smiled to see the images of colleagues Josue Cruz (FL), Ruth Ann Ball (OK), and Jerlean Daniel (MD) who freely gave their time to mentor me. I met Dr. Cruz when he was the Executive Director for the Council of Professional Recognition. Dr. Cruz invited me to serve on a panel at an Annual NAEYC Conference. Ruth Ann Ball welcomed me to the national early childhood faculty association, ACCESS. Dr. Daniel supported me during my tenure as the Coordinator of the NAEYC Legacy Leader Fellowship Program. I hope in return that I continue to support others in their professional journeys. One of my former mentees Linda Pauley, director of the NAEYC accredited preschool at Risen Savior Lutheran Church, is now a mentor to me!

While in DC I also had the opportunity to meet Kristen Johnson, the Senior Director at the NAEYC Academy for Early Childhood Program Accreditation, while I was in DC. The Academy team is hard at work refining the accreditation process for programs serving children. As the former Director of an NAEYC accredited child care center, I see the value of accreditation as a comprehensive approach to quality care, professional development for all staff members, supporting families, and engaging in a process of continuous improvement. 
Many early childhood programs throughout Arizona are planning for the upcoming NAEYC Week of the Young Child ™ (WOYC), April 10 - 16, 2016. I'll have more WOYC news to share in April.

Best Regards,

Martha Muñoz
AzAEYC President

APRIL 10 - 16, 2016
The Week of the Young Child™ is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers and families.   Sign up to get the latest WOYC news from NAEYC.
2016's Week of the Young Child kicks off on April 11 with Music Monday, a day dedicated to exploring how children learn through song and dance. With music, children can develop math, language, and literacy skills-all while having fun and being active! This year's song is "One Love", performed by Aaron Nigel Smith and the One World Chorus.

In this children's version of the classic song, Aaron Nigel Smith and the One World Chorus celebrate unity and love around the world. For Music Monday we invite you to enjoy singing, dancing, moving, and learning! Record your own unique version of "One Love" and share it on NAEYC's Facebook page, post it to Twitter using the hashtag #woyc16, or send it directly to

For more Music Monday resources about the importance of music in the lives of young children, check out these great NAEYC activity resources.
Start Something New!   Professional Development in Maricopa County

Start Something New!  
The Valley of the Sun Association for the Education of Young Children (VSAEYC) is pleased to announce its new publication of professional development opportunities in Maricopa County.   View the March Edition
FY 2017 Federal Budget Proposal
Invests in Young Children, Their Families and Their Communities
On February 9, 2016, the White House released President Obama's Fiscal Year 2017 budget proposal, which includes significant investments in programs that have the potential to improve outcomes for young children, families and the communities where they live. This proposal provides an important opportunity to emphasize how - and why - policymakers should work to maximize resources to promote the well-being of young children and their families and reduce equity gaps and early disparities.   Learn More
Republicans and Democrats Agree - Quality Pre-K For All is Essential
A BUILD blog post by Ruth Trombka, Editor and Writer, BUILD Initiative
In December, the Brookings Institution and the American Enterprise Institute published " Opportunity, Responsibility and Security: A Consensus Plan for Reducing Poverty and Restoring the American Dream ," a plan to ameliorate one of our country's most deeply-rooted problems. The plan is distinctive in that it addresses poverty by simultaneously focusing on issues related to family, work, and education. It discusses "alarming trends [including] the increasing gap in educational achievement between poor kids and rich kids; the increase in families headed by only one parent; the decline of work among men, especially young black men; unstable work and work hours; stagnating wages; and high rates of incarceration..." Also noteworthy is that the plan provides solutions to a problem that, up to now, has not been dealt with effectively. A recent New York Times article points out that its, "...collection of proposals - from promoting strong and stable families to improving the quantity and quality of work - actually adds up to a coherent approach to improving an anti-poverty strategy that has fallen far short of its goals."

A Rare Show of Unity
But it is the story between the lines that must be underscored. The plan was produced by expert economists, sociologists and psychologists on opposite sides of the aisle - leaders in their fields who identify as conservatives, progressives, centrists and nonpartisans. They declared in unison that, "Poverty and opportunity are profoundly consequential and...our nation's future prosperity and our common humanity compel us to work together to find credible strategies to reduce poverty and increase economic mobility." As the Times article suggested in response to the plan, it could be that the issue of poverty in this country, "...the deepest among advanced industrialized nations, may have finally become salient enough for the left and right to break through the ideological gridlock." The trends noted in the plan are not new to early childhood advocates familiar with the closely linked issues leading to poor outcomes for so many children. But that a plan with bipartisan support came to light in an era of unprecedented dissonance and division in Washington is momentous.  Read More
New CLASP Analysis Highlights Disparate Access to CCDBG and Head Start by Race, Ethnicity
In a unique analysis released today, Disparate Access: Head Start and CCDBG Data by Race and Ethnicity, CLASP finds that access to child care subsidies and Head Start is sharply limited for all eligible children and even more so for particular racial and ethnic groups and in particular states. The report confirms low levels of access nationally to Head Start preschool, Early Head Start, and child care funded through the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), because of the large gap between current investment and need. It also finds distressingly low levels of access for particular groups of children:
  • Eligible Hispanic or Latino children have sharply lower access to CCDBG than eligible children of other backgrounds. While 13 percent of eligible children (ages 0-13) and 21 percent of eligible Black children receive child care assistance through CCDBG, only 8 percent of eligible Hispanic or Latino children get help.
  • Poor infants and toddlers are unlikely to access high-quality early childhood services through Early Head Start. No more than 6 percent of eligible children in any racial/ethnic group have access to Early Head Start.
  • While gaps in access to Head Start preschool exist, since fewer than half of all eligible children have access, program access does not appear to be as significantly impacted by race/ethnicity. Fifty-four percent of eligible Black children and 38 percent of eligible Hispanic or Latino children are served in Head Start preschool, with additional eligible Hispanic or Latino children served through the Migrant Head Start program.
The report includes state-level differences in access by eligible children to Head Start, EHS, and CCDBG, which are also striking. While more analysis is needed to fully understand the causes of differential access across racial and ethnic groups and across states, we offer some hypotheses and insights. Stagnant federal funding and outdated funding formulas prevent states with growing or diversifying child populations to target new resources to underserved communities. State-level decision making in CCDBG may result in state policies that contribute to inequities in access and Head Start's explicit focus on reaching underserved families and communities may contribute to less disparate access in that program.  Read More
Join us on March 10, from 1pm-2pm EST, for a webinar sharing CLASP's findings on racial and ethnic disparities in access to Head Start preschool, Early Head Start (EHS), and Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG)-funded child care. The webinar will break down state-level data as well as offer early insights about the reasons for disparities and their policy implications. It will also feature state-level advocates, who will provide their reactions to the data findings and discuss how the data could be used to influence policy change. Speakers will include:
  • Stephanie Schmit, Senior Policy Analyst, CLASP
  • Christina Walker, Policy Analyst, CLASP
  • Carol Burnett, Executive Director, Mississippi Low-Income Child Care Initiative
Additional speakers to be announced.   Register
Balancing Assessments: A Teacher's Perspective
As a Teaching Ambassador Fellow, my colleagues and I have the honor of speaking with thousands of educators, parents, and students across the country about their greatest hopes for education and what's working well for them or not. Just as I have struggled with the amount of testing in my own classroom, we invariably hear about the amount of instructional time and energy devoted to testing.

This past Tuesday, Acting Secretary John King released a video announcing new guidance to help states identify and eliminate low-quality, redundant or unhelpful testing. This guidance shares how federal money may be used to help reduce testing and bring testing back into balance for teachers and students.  Read More

What Kids Need From Grown-Ups (But Aren't Getting)
An Opinion Piece from New Author, Erika Christakis
Erika Christakis' new book, The Importance of Being Little, is an impassioned plea for educators and parents to put down the worksheets and flash cards, ditch the tired craft projects (yes, you, Thanksgiving Handprint Turkey) and exotic vocabulary lessons, and double-down on one, simple word:


That's because, she writes, "the distinction between early education and official school seems to be disappearing." If kindergarten is the new first grade, Christakis argues, preschool is quickly becoming the new kindergarten. And that is "a real threat to our society's future."  Read More
New Bullying Prevention Continuing Education Course is proud to announce that the Bullying Prevention Continuing Education Course is now available! The self-directed training provides you with the tools necessary to promote bullying prevention research and best practices in your community.

The course features the newest research on bullying prevention, quizzes throughout to test your knowledge and the ability to earn course credits quickly and easily.

After completing the course, you will be able to:
  • Define bullying, the many forms it takes, and its effects
  • Discuss best practices in bullying prevention and responding to bullying
  • Highlight compelling examples of prevention strategies that work
  • Create an action plan and execute your community event
Take the course, earn continuing education credit and make a difference! Earning course credit is as simple as playing the video and clicking the link that takes you to the post-course assessment once the video is complete. Discover your role in bullying prevention today!  Read More
ECE Professional Opportunities Calendar
March 10 & 11, 2016
Sheraton Crescent Hotel
2620 W. Dunlap Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85021
Dig deep into leadership strategies and promising practices for closing the opportunity and achievement gaps.  Register
Submission Deadline: March 18
Presenting at the Summit is a unique opportunity to share your knowledge, experience and ideas with a large and highly-engaged audience.  To learn more about topic areas, criteria for selection, and how to submit a proposal, please visit
Application Deadline: April 1, 2016
Arizona Public Service (APS) has grants available to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations to support community programs in the areas of arts and culture, community development, education, health and human services and the environment.  Through a competitive grant process, interested organizations are invited to submit one proposal requesting between $1,000 and $10,000 for qualified projects. Applications must be received before 5:00pm on Friday, April 1. Visit the Arizona Community Foundation's online grants center to create or update your organizations profile and complete the application process.
April 4 & 5, 2016
Glendale Civic Center
5750 W Glenn Dr.
Glendale, AZ 85301
The summit will focus on specific supports for families, administrators, teachers, and all related service providers of young children, from infants and toddlers to preschool and K-3 grade level students. Sessions will include topics such as Special Education Law, Family Partnerships, Inclusion, Least Restrictive Environment, Child Find, Assessment Systems, and Leadership as well as important success stories of those working with or on or behalf of young children.  Register
Hilary Mahoney, MPH,
Trauma Informed Care Specialist, Cenpatico Integrated Care
Saturday, April 9th, 2016
Mesa Community College
Participants will learn (1) how exposure to trauma impacts brain development, delays developmental milestones and influences behavior in young children; (2) the implications of the ACES study and cutting-edge brain science will help identify triggers and trauma related behaviors; (3) effective intervention techniques and ideas about how to prevent secondary trauma will be discussed. Participants will leave the workshop with a sense of hope and increased knowledge about resiliency factors that can be implemented in their work with young children.  Learn More
Saturday, April 23, 2016
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Renaissance Phoenix Glendale Conference Center
9495 W. Coyotes Blvd.
This recruitment event is held exclusively for Arizona schools to obtain SLPs, general educators, special educators, related service providers, paraprofessionals, administrators, and more. This "one-stop" education career fair is dedicated to matching qualified candidates with the needs of Arizona districts and charters. Schools from around the state will conduct pre-screenings and interviews. Assistance will be available for candidates who need certification or highly qualified information, fingerprint cards, or résumés reviewed. Representatives from many Arizona colleges and universities will be available to provide information on programs and resources for candidates. 
Contact: Tracy Faulkner | (602) 364-2195 |
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Senior Director, Professional Recognition and Advancement
NAEYC seeks an effective candidate with proven success to direct, lead, and manage initiatives related to advancing the early childhood education profession. The primary focus of this position is to ensure that NAEYC works in collaboration with the profession and other key stakeholders to (a.) establish a unified framework of skills, knowledge, competencies and qualifications to define the early childhood education profession, and (b.) develop a comprehensive strategy for their systemic adoption and implementation in policy and practice.
Learn More and Apply

Application deadline is April 3, 2016.
Research Assistant/Interviewer
LeCroy & Milligan Associates, Inc. is seeking applicants for a Research Assistant/ Interview position that will be responsible for collecting data state-wide for a research study about how the procedures and content of Arizona's early care and education system are working to improve the quality of early care and education that children receive and to support children's developmental outcomes. Assessments take place at early care and education (ECE) programs (such as child care centers and school-based pre-kindergarten programs). Data collection for the research project begins in March 2016 for approximately three months.
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