Stories From The Field

A new ED for AzAEYC! Introducing Dawn Wilkerson

December 8, 2017 6:47 pm Published by

It is with great pleasure that I announce the hiring of the first-ever Executive Director of the Arizona Association for the Education of Young Children (AzAEYC), Dawn Wilkinson! Dawn has extensive experience with the Arizona Early Childhood System, including her most recent role as Professional Development System Specialist with First Things First.

Anti-bias early education and holiday celebrations: Staying neutral

December 8, 2017 5:07 pm Published by

What’s the best way to maintain an anti-bias curriculum during the holiday season?  For Laura Salter, Center Director of Signal Peak Early Learning Center at the Central Arizona College campus in Coolidge, the answer is to maintain a “policy of...

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Natalee Huguez selected for 2017 Scholarship Award

November 16, 2017 11:14 pm Published by

Arizona State University senior Natalee Huguez is no stranger to a scholarship award. At the AzAEYC Annual Meeting this year, she was selected as the Rhian Evans Allvin and Joshua J. Allen Scholarship awardee for 2017. She’s also a scholar...

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Shared services model: Cellissa Hoyt of SELA

November 1, 2017 9:36 pm Published by

A pioneer of implementing the shared services model for early childhood programs, Cellissa Hoyt serves as state director of SELA: State Early Learning Alliance of New Hampshire. We welcomed Cellissa as our guest speaker at the 2017 AzAEYC Annual Meeting...

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Membership changes for NAEYC in Arizona

October 5, 2017 3:14 pm Published by

From Melissa Larson Busby, AzAEYC Board President Many of you may have noticed that NAEYC has made some major membership changes in the last several weeks.  As the nation’s leading voice for high-quality early childhood education, NAEYC is working hard...

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We’re hiring! Executive Director position now open

September 7, 2017 8:38 pm Published by

This position is now closed. Job Description AzAEYC Executive Director Overview: The mission of the Arizona Association for the Education of Young Children (AzAEYC) is to promote high-quality early learning for all children, birth through age 8, by connecting practice,...

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Meet Catharine Danenhower

August 29, 2017 8:13 pm Published by

Winner of the 2016 Rhian Evans Allvin and Joshua J. Allen Scholarship Award Early last fall, NAEYC student member Catharine Danenhower discovered a scholarship opportunity just as she was gearing up for her last year of study at Northern Arizona...

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Meet an ECE Pro from the Navajo Nation

June 30, 2017 3:56 pm Published by

Laura Delmar of Kayenta, Arizona, was awarded a scholarship to attend NAEYC’s Professional Leadership Institute (PLI) in San Francisco. AzAEYC is proud to share Laura’s story.  My name is Laura Delmar. I currently work for the Kayenta Unified School District...

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Postcards from PLI

June 30, 2017 3:54 pm Published by

In June of 2017, representatives of AzAEYC participated in NAEYC’s Professional Learning Institute (PLI) along with colleagues from our local partners, SAzAEYC and VSAEYC. AzAEYC Board members Melissa Larson Busby (President) and Eric Bucher (Vice President of Professional Learning & Development)...

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Donna Candreva

May 18, 2017 4:01 am Published by

Donna Candreva Interim Director, Mesa Community College Children’s Center “We really want to be allies in meeting children’s emotional and academic needs.” As an educator, why did you choose to work with young learners? Children at this age are so...

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