Stories From The Field

Meet an #EarlyEdPro! Bonnie Williams/Eric Bucher

September 7, 2018 2:55 pm Published by

Meet an #EarlyEdPro! First in our video series: Eric Bucher, Child Development and Education Manager and Board President-Elect of Arizona Association for the Education of Young Children and Bonnie Williams, of Arizona Department of Health Services talk about why they work in the field of early childhood education, how a solid foundation in early learning pays off for the future, and why everyone should care about our youngest learners. Watch the video  

Dual Language Learner, Head Start Dad, Early Ed Pro: Meet Jonathon Gonzales

August 31, 2018 2:28 am Published by

AzAEYC Board Member Jonathon Gonzales talks about growing up in Arizona as a dual language learner in a large family, what he’s learned about supporting military families, and how enrolling his own children in Head Start changed everything. Read more. 

New AAP study supports the Power of Play

August 29, 2018 8:04 pm Published by

Early educators have long understood the power of play. A new study released by the American Academy of Pediatrics concurs, adding support for value of play as an essential part of brain building and healthy child development for young children. Learn more.

Advancing Equity and Diversity: Our Professional Obligation

August 17, 2018 6:30 pm Published by

Continuing the equity and diversity conversation can be tough. AzAEYC strives to be an inclusive and affirming organization where every member feels welcomed and supported; where we celebrate our diversity and learn from each other. AzAEYC Executive Director Dawn Wilkinson on equity and diversity. Read more.

NAEYC Accredited Early Childhood Degree Programs in Arizona

July 16, 2018 9:05 pm Published by

Thinking of studying early childhood education? What are the benefits of choosing Arizona NAEYC accredited early childhood degree programs? As a faculty member at Northern Arizona University, Martha Muñoz was deeply involved in the accreditation process for undergraduate and advanced early childhood degree programs in NAU's College of Education. She shares information about the process from her recent presentation at NAEYC's Professional Learning Institute 2018 in Austin, Texas. Learn more

Reconsidering our Image of the Child: Emergent Bilingual Learners

June 29, 2018 5:48 pm Published by

What if we saw children and their families not “at risk” or as “needy” but rather as bearers of rich cultural contributions? What if we considered their strengths rather than weaknesses? AzAEYC Board President-Elect Eric Bucher writes about emergent bilingual learners and the image of the child. Learn more

Congratulations to all Arizona ECE Graduates!

May 25, 2018 12:31 am Published by

Meet some of the 2018 ECE Graduates around the state of Arizona! A few new grads from Central Arizona College, Mesa Community College and Pioneer Northland College weigh in on what drew them to the field of early childhood education, how they met the challenges of earning a degree, and what the future holds. Allison Landy, EdD, Early Childhood Department Chair of Northland Pioneer College, shares her perspective on the ECE graduation experience. Learn more. 

Early Childhood Mentors Make the Difference: Meet Lauren Davis

April 11, 2018 4:26 pm Published by

As preschool teacher at King Early Learning Center in the Roosevelt Elementary School District, AzAEYC Board member Lauren Davis talks about how encouragement from a caring mentor can make all the difference. Read more.

DES Investment in Accreditation

March 27, 2018 11:42 pm Published by

Beginning April 1,2018, a DES investment will offer an increased reimbursement to nationally accredited child care providers of 20% from the previous rate of 10%. AzAEYC Board member Camille Lachar-Lofaro explains the DES investment in accreditation and why accreditation is important in determining quality. Read more