Stories From The Field

Speak out: Be a Child Care Aware® Parent Advocate

January 24, 2018 9:43 pm Published by

As Travis and I left for DC to be Child Care Aware® Parent Advocates on behalf of families in Arizona, we couldn’t help but feel a bit intimidated and anxious about this huge responsibility. Once we arrived...Read more  

Use your Voice: Ben Alteneder on ECE Policy and Advocacy

January 17, 2018 4:21 pm Published by

As AzAEYC’s Vice President of Policy and Advocacy, Ben Alteneder believes that when well-informed early childhood educators connect with elected officials, positive change is possible. Ben talks specifics on what busy early educators can do to advocate for the profession, why robust attendance at Early Childhood Legislative Day on February 15 really can make a difference, and how becoming a father to his daughter Keira, age 5, has influenced his career path. Read more

A new ED for AzAEYC! Introducing Dawn Wilkinson

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...Read more

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

Compiled and edited by Natalee Huguez and Vicki Louk Balint | November 17, 2017 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...

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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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