Stories From The Field

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

NAEYC Public Policy Forum 2018: Team Arizona

March 13, 2018 8:58 pm Published by

The NAEYC 2018 Public Policy Forum was held from March 4-6 in Washington, DC. Team Arizona gathered with colleagues from across the country to advance federal and state early childhood policy.

The 2018 Public Policy Forum included sessions on electoral advocacy, expert policy briefings, guest speakers, and interactive breakout sessions. Representatives from state team members gathered in Arlington, Va., just a short Metro ride from the United States Capitol. We assembled a photo essay of Team Arizona’s experiences on Hill Day. Learn more

5 Easy Action Steps for Early Childhood Advocates

February 27, 2018 10:08 pm Published by

Many of us already consider ourselves to be early childhood advocates. But taking action as an early childhood advocate? It's not as tough as you might think. Here are 5 ways that early childhood advocates can take TODAY...Learn more