Stories From The Field

The Wire Study: Children’s Right to Diverse Materials

April 19, 2021 9:05 am Published by

"With the wire study, we learned to be patient. We were glad the seed was planted, and it was worth it. Just as the children are emergent learners, we, as teachers, learn alongside them, seeing what works and what does not and finding new ways to promote learning opportunities..." Read the story.




The Oil Pastels Study: Children’s Right to Quality Art Materials

April 13, 2021 12:31 pm Published by

Children deserve more than just the typical markers and crayons most programs offer. And why not provide those materials for them? In our study, children preferred these materials because of their potential to help them represent their ideas and create the outcome they desired. Read the story. 



Children’s Right to Care, Community, and Culture: Kith and Kin

April 12, 2021 1:28 pm Published by

Young children have rights, and we have an obligation to support every learning environment and the individuals who play a role in children’s lives

Kith and Kin is an extensive support program for family (kin), friend, and neighbor (kith) child care offered by the Association for Supportive Child Care. Meet Lawrence and his nephew Brody, who have participated in the program. Read the story

Listening and Observing: Children’s Right to Connection

April 5, 2021 1:25 pm Published by

Sharon Reede and Tiffany Corona hoped to find answers as part of the Collaborative Planning Community of Practice professional development program, organized by Paradise Valley Community College (PVCC), to deepen their understanding of how children can build relationships by observing them in the classroom and documenting their observations. Read the story.

The Badas and Booms Project: Children’s Right to Music as a Language

April 5, 2021 10:14 am Published by

Dulce Shimkus and Dr. Katherine Palmer reflect on the creation of  the “Badas and Booms” project by young students, discoveries along the way, and how this collaboration furthered their own personal and professional growth in understanding Children’s Right to Music as a Language. Read the story. 

Cordial Chocolate Covered Cherries

February 16, 2021 5:04 pm Published by

I tell this story not seeking sympathy but to show the resilience I gained through those experiences. I choose to hold onto that experience because we tend to overlook children who face such disparities. We often fail to understand their circumstances first. Read Cotillion Sneddy's story

Arizona Early Childhood Advocacy Events 2021

February 3, 2021 4:35 pm Published by

Design your own ECE advocacy journey! Attend one, some, or all of the following sessions based on your interest and goals. Here's a listing of Spring 2021 Advocacy opportunities for early childhood educators to elevate their voices and to advocate on behalf of young children, families, and the early childhood field. 

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Your Voice: Finding Power and Joy

December 22, 2020 1:28 pm Published by

Whether you use it on a stage, to sing with the toddlers in your classroom, to advocate with legislators, or to sing in the shower...your voice is powerful! Read more.

Join our Board of Directors!

October 28, 2020 11:07 am Published by

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

Meet 2020 Scholarship Awardee Jennifer Sullivan

October 22, 2020 2:21 pm Published by

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