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
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Lisa Cobb  | Regional Coordinator | Maricopa & Pinal Counti
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Veronica Hernandez  | Regional Coordinator | Graham, Greenlee, Apache & Navajo Counties
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Tammy Lee  | Regional Coordinator | Coconino, Gila & Yavapai
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Kristine Nishimura  | Regional Coordinator | Cochise, Pima & Santa Cruz
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Susana O'Brien  | Regional Coordinator | La Paz, Mohave & Yuma 
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ISSUE NO. 24 / APRIL 2016 
Message from the President
Dr. Martha Muñoz
AzAEYC President
Greetings Colleagues,

April 10 - 16 is the Week of the Young Child™, an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers and their families. The theme for the 2016 WOYC is Celebrating Our Youngest Learners. Throughout Arizona and across the country events are planned to bring together children, families, teachers and others who care deeply about young children, and we are happy to announce that  Governor Doug Ducey has once again issued a proclamation that April 10-16, 2016 be *Week of the Young Child*.  

There are a number of ways to get involved and call attention to our young learners. Visit the AzAEYC calendar to learn about Affiliate events. If you represent a center-based program, family child care provider, Kindergarten classroom or community-based organization planning an event, take time to visit the NAEYC Week of the Young Child   Event Submission Form and add your celebration to the map! Wouldn't it be great to see push pins of events all over Arizona? Please share your story!

Week of the Young Child Event Map

In addition, AzAEYC is partnering with First Things First to promote the importance of early learning on social media during Week of the Young Child . You can be a part of this effort, too. Follow First Things First and AzAEYC on Facebook and on Twitter: @AzAEYC and @AZFTF.  View the WOYC social media toolkit to learn how you can easily join the #woyc16 conversation! Be sure to like, share and retweet along the way - let's promote the early childhood profession!

Best Regards,

Martha Muñoz
AzAEYC President
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.

APRIL 10 - 16, 2016
Music Monday! - April 11, Sing, dance, celebrate, and learn
Taco Tuesday - April 12, Healthy eating and fitness at home and school
Work Together Wednesday - April 13, Work together, build together, learn together
Artsy Thursday - April 14, Think, problem solve, create
Family Friday - April 15, Sharing family stories

There's so much children learn as they sing, cook together, build together, create art, and celebrate their families.  Get some ideas from NAEYC about activities for families and teachers to do with their children for each of these themed WOYC days!
Celebrate the Week of the Young Child with AzAEYC!
Join Northern Arizona AEYC at one of their early childhood fairs during WOYC! Each one is free, involves multiple organizations that support families, children and early childhood professionals. Vendors must have an activity that supports brain development in young children as well as provide information for parents and teachers. There will be lots of ideas, free stuff and giveaways!
  • Winslow Fairy Tale Friday, Friday, April 8th, 9am - 12pm at Winslow Elks Lodge, Winslow, AZ
  • Flagstaff Early Childhood Fair, Saturday, April 9th, 10am - 1pm at Flagstaff High School, Flagstaff, AZ
  • Apache Families First Parenting Conference, Saturday, April 16th in Whiteriver, AZ
Saturday, April 16th
Our NAU student chapter will be doing Saturday Story Stop at the Flagstaff public library!  Authors Linda Krantz and Matthew Michael Hall will be reading their newly published books, and we will be providing activities to go along with them. 

For more information about NAzAEYC events, contact Elizabeth Taylor at

Saturday, April 16th
Join us for our 30th Annual Awards Brunch! At this time we will gather together to celebrate our profession and to recognize exemplary early childhood advocates, award mini-grants, and honor the winner of the Brenda Loomis Hello My Friend scholarship.   Learn More
Sunday, April 10th
Join SAzAEYC at Cyclovia Tucson on April 10th from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM where we will host a display of bicycle-themed children's art from local early learning centers, in conjunction with a bicycle-themed children's art project! Cyclovia is a popular, family-friendly event in which 2.5 miles of Tucson streets are temporarily closed to vehicle traffic.  Fun activities are available to cyclists and pedestrians along the event route.  SAzAEYC volunteers will also distribute literature about WOYC events and NAEYC to families at the event. For more information about Cyclovia and the route, visit To volunteer with SAzAEYC at the event, please contact Emilie Pechuzal at
Saturday, April 23rd
Yuma County AEYC invites you to our WOYC event, "Let's Sing, Dance, Celebrate & Learn"! This exciting event for families, children and teachers will take place on Saturday, April 23rd from 9am to 12pm at the Yuma Heritage Library Lawn, 350 3rd Ave., Yuma, AZ 85364. We hope to see you there!  For more information, contact Ana Bribiesca at or Mariel Navarrete at
Watch The Raising of America FREE 
April 1-17
Dear Friends and Colleagues, 

In honor of Week of the Young Child (April 10-16), National Public Health Week and National Child Abuse Prevention Month, watch all five episodes of The Raising of America FREE April 1 - 17 at

Help us spread the word!

WATCH #RaisingofAmerica FREE April 1 - 17

USE #RaisingofAmerica documentary to change the conversation
CONNECT with #RaisingofAmerica partners using the documentaries because all kids deserve a strong start
This is a great opportunity to preview this pioneering series and consider how you can integrate it into your own organization's work like so many others are doing. Check out the many tools and resources at

The Raising of America Team
Early Childhood Professional Calendar
April 13, 2016,  5:00 - 8:00 PM
1825 E. Elliot Rd.
Tempe , AZ 85284

FREE Admission, but you must RSVP!
Join us for a public screening of Paper Tigers, a film that captures the pain, danger, beauty and hopes of struggling teens-and the teachers armed with new science and fresh approaches that are changing lives for the better. This documentary film, directed by James Redford, follows a year in the life of an alternative high school in Walla Walla, WA that has radically changed its approach to disciplining students, and in the process, has become a promising model for how to break the cycles of poverty, violence and disease that affect families. 

Refreshments will be provided. Following the screening, a panel of trauma and crisis experts will explore the film's themes and implications with the audience. 

Watch the trailer at

April 14, 2016, 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Please join us on Thursday, April 14, from 12-1 p.m. PST, for our regular monthly Strengthening Families networking webinar. Many people in the Strengthening Families National Network have been looking for help connecting protective factors to other work in their states and communities related to toxic stress, trauma-informed care and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). On this webinar we will share materials from CSSP about how to support parents and caregivers caring for children who have been exposed to trauma, from a protective factors perspective; we'll also hear about how the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services integrates protective factors into their trauma-informed care initiative, and how Be Strong Families uses ACEs as a springboard to talking about the importance of protective factors in their Living the Protective Factors training for parents.  Register

Our networking webinars are held the second Thursday of every month. Calls are 60 minutes in length and begin at 12 Noon (PST) / 1 PM (MST). 
Deadline: April 15, 2016
The Arizona Department of Education's Early Childhood Education Unit, in collaboration with the Head Start Collaboration Office, is hosting a conference, "Connecting All the Pieces: Educating the Young Learner". This conference will focus on information related to meeting the varying educational needs of young learners and approaching the work with a holistic view of those students.  Learn More  

Complete the Call for Presenters and Summit Presenter Proposal Form and submit electronically to by April 15, 2016.
Deadline: May 1, 2016
Applications are now being accepted for The Harris Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Training Institute! Choose one of two state-of-the-art mental health training programs that will help you better serve Arizona's children.

Applications must be received by May 1. Enrollment is limited and subject to specific criteria. Learn more or apply for the program at The Harris Institute or contact Peggy Baxter at (602) 845-4815.
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