Scholarship Outreach And Retention Roundtable (SOARR)

The goal of this group will be to give a voice to a diverse and inclusive cohort of First Things First College Scholars from around the state to provide feedback in the scholarship process.FTF scholars are invited to: Increase professional engagement in the early childhood field by Inspiring scholars to engage in opportunities and Motivate others while making connections throughout the state.Join us for an information session!Day and time to be determined. To learn more use this link:

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Changes for Arizona’s Center-Based and Family Childcare Providers

Starting August 25, 2020, childcare providers across Arizona will need to meet an updated safety requirement regarding Background Checks and Fingerprint Clearance Cards. Last Spring, the Arizona State Legislature passed SB1504, which requires background checks from ALL child care employees, including fingerprint clearance cards, PRIOR to their start date and every five years thereafter. These same checks are also required for all home providers, including all household members over the age of 18, and any backup providers.Click on the button links below to quickly access…

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New Grant Opportunity for Child Care Providers

The Arizona Child Care COVID-19 Grant Program Application deadline has been extended to August 28th. Please submit your application by 11:59 p.m. on August 28th.The Arizona Department of Economic Security, Child Care Administration is offering grants to child care providers to help with operational costs to safely remain open or reopen to provide child care to Arizona’s families.   Apply Now Who is eligible to apply? Eligible providers include: DHS Licensed Centers, DHS Group Homes, DES Family Child Care Providers, Tribal Child Care…

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AzAEYC Scholarship Fund

AzAEYC has announced that applications are now open for the 2020 Rhian Evans Allvin & Joshua J. Allen Early Childhood Scholarship! This $1,000 award was created to acknowledge the outstanding service of early childhood professionals and recognize their leadership strengths and commitment to quality early education. The scholarship is awarded to one AzAEYC member who lives in Arizona and attends an accredited college or university, majoring in Early Childhood Education (or a closely related field). AzAEYC understands that these are challenging times. The purpose…

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Child Care COVID-19 Guidance & FAQs

As child care providers and caregivers of Arizona's children, you are critical to keeping yourselves, children, and Arizona safe and healthy. While information and data regarding COVID-19 changes daily, The Arizona Department of Health Services (DHS) and the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) are providing some key answers and resources to frequently asked questions. We encourage you to review the latest CDC guidelines, along with local city or county ordinances for businesses and mask-wearing, and DHS regulations for Child Care.…

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Stories of Strength & Resilience | Rebecca Gonzales

Rebecca Gonzales Prescott Valley, AZ Rebecca is a teacher at Grannie's House in Prescott Valley, which is a five star home program. Rebecca is currently a First Things First College Scholar recipient and working toward her Associate degree in Early Childhood Education from Yavapai Community College. Read a message from Rebecca: When I left high school, I was lost and didn’t know what my passion was. For four years, I changed my major more times than I can count and…

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Stories of Strength & Resilience | Morgann Bell

Morgann Bell Tucson, AZ Morgann is a lead teacher at Imagine Preschool at Innovation Academy in Tucson, AZ. As a First Things First scholar recipient and with funding from the Pima North Regional Partnership Council, Morgann graduated in May from Western New Mexico University with a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education. Read a message from Morgann: I started my college career nearly nine years ago when I graduated from high school. College was always my expectation and goal since I…

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Stories of Strength & Resilience | Lily Mills

Lily Mills Tempe, AZ Lily is a junior at McClintock High School and is currently taking dual-enrollment courses in Early Childhood Education through the Career and Technical Education (CTE) program. Lily is able to participate as a dual-enrollment student with assistance from the First Things First College Scholarship, while gaining teaching experiencing at the McClintock High School Child Development Preschool. Read a message from Lily: I have good teachers, such as Ms. Janice Smith, who has been great in helping me. …

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