Raising the quality of childhood education programs in Arizona

We believe that all young children thrive and learn in a society dedicated to ensuring they reach their full potential. We advance a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children. We promote high-quality early learning for all children, birth through age 8, by connecting practice, policy, and research.

The Arizona Association for the Education of Young Children (AzAEYC) is YOUR professional organization in Arizona. Join us!

Teaching young children is one of the most difficult — yet rewarding — professions out there. I joined NAEYC back in 1998 to be part of a group of professionals that felt the same way I did. I wanted to bring Power and a Voice to this overlooked profession. I wanted to connect with professionals that felt the same way I did. My life has taken me through several states. I am a member of AzAEYC to continue that work here in Arizona.

– Kristie Scharer, Instructional Coach, Cartwright School District Early Childhood Programs

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AZ Toolkit is a comprehensive resource for early learning providers designed to save time, increase quality, reduce costs and share knowledge, with the necessary resources to advance through the quality continuum. All in one location!


The Arizona Early Childhood Public Policy Forum 2020

Join us at Mesa Community College on Saturday, March 7 from 9 am until 1 pm.

Hear from experts on why quality early learning is so important for our future.

Sharpen your skills as an advocate for children, families, and educators.

Network with other families, educators, and community champions.

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Become a member of YOUR professional organization in Arizona!

Join AzAEYC and belong to YOUR professional association! AzAEYC advocates for Arizona’s early childhood educators, young children and their families. Membership in NAEYC/AzAEYC means reduced subscription rates for AZToolkit and the most current professional resources and best practices in early childhood education.

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AzAEYC is proud to partner with the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust. The Piper Trust’s investment in AZ Toolkit is part of a commitment to enhanced child care practices and after school care to prepare Arizona’s young learners, ages birth to age 8, for success in elementary school and beyond. Learn more.