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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Interested in elevating your voice and the voices of early childhood educators? Want to be a part of the movement to advance equity, racial and social justice in early childhood? Apply now

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Actively Anti-Racist: Resources for Early Educators

“It is simply not enough to declare, “I’m not a racist.” We must be active. We must speak up. We must be actively anti-racist.”

We’ve gathered a list of resources that support educators in teaching for equity.  As we discover more resources, we’ll add them to this list. Learn more. 


Meet 2020 Scholarship Awardee Jennifer Sullivan

AzAEYC 2020 Scholarship Awardee Jennifer Sullivan reflects on changes in the early education field, the value and the challenges of pursuing higher education while teaching full time, and why advocating for equity in compensation for ECE teachers is at top of her list of plans for the future. Meet Jennifer

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AzAEYC appreciates foundational support from Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust. The Piper Trust’s investment in AZToolkit was 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.