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Q & A: Pursuing Higher Education in ECE with Michelle Saint Hilarie

Two decades ago, Michelle Saint Hilarie faced intimidating obstacles in going to college. As the first in her family to navigate financial aid, entrance exams, college coursework and degree selection, Michelle found her way through the system on her own. Today, Michelle is the senior statewide program director with Child Care Resource & Referral in Tucson, Ariz.  She looks back on how she not only persevered to earn her certificate in early childhood program administration and leadership, but how she…

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Brainstorming a Path to Critical Thinking

I was recently working in an early childhood classroom where the teacher was discussing nocturnal animals. After explaining what nocturnal meant, she asked the children to come up with reasons why some animals would rather stay up at night and sleep during the day. She then wrote all of the children’s responses down on a chart paper. She told the children that the list would be up for them to think about over the next few weeks and that they…

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Registering for Professional Development in the Registry

This feature of the Arizona Early Childhood Workforce Registry will list available professional development, workshops, and trainings. You will be able to register for an event here. Once marked as Attended, the event will show on your Education and Training Report.Log into the Arizona Early Childhood Registry at azearlychildhood.org.Click on Find Training Event. Select a Search Category, such as Title. Enter Search Criteria, such as a word or two from the title of workshop for which you are interested. Click…

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Uploading Documentation Directly into the Registry

The following tutorial will guide you when needing to upload documents into your Registry profile.Click on My Profile under My Tools & Settings.Scroll down the page to Participant Files.Click on Upload New File The Participation File Manager will pop up. Select the file you wish to upload next to File Description. Click on Choose File. Choose the file from your computer’s location and click the Upload DocumentNote: After choosing a file, you will see a partial name of the file…

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Higher Education Q&A for Early Childhood Professionals

Have you been considering going back to school for a degree in early childhood education? Hear from fellow ECE professional Ysidro Holmes discuss his path to higher education and the support available through the Arizona Early Childhood Network. Why did you choose to pursue a degree in early childhood education? I chose to pursue a degree in early childhood education to have autonomy in my profession. I am passionate about my work and I wanted to gain the knowledge that…

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Easy Ways to Make Time for Individual Formative Assessment

You are monitoring the progress of your students on a daily basis. You have been taking pictures of your students while they engage in your planned activities. You’re adding those pictures to their portfolios with notes and sharing with parents. This is all important information that shows the child’s milestones.But are those pictures telling you if the child understands the concepts you are teaching in class? You want to adapt your lessons to meet each child’s needs so you need…

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Applying for a First Things First College Scholarship

The First Things First College Scholarship provides early childhood educators who work with or on behalf of young children (ages 0-5) assistance in order to achieve degrees, credentials, and specialized skills to support children’s development. Benefits of the Scholarship include financial support for tuition, books, course and college fees, and application and assessment fees. The Scholarship may only be accessed by members of the Arizona Early Childhood Workforce Registry. Go to www.azearlychildhood.org and click on Registry. Login to the Registry…

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Early Childcare Professionals Can Help Provide Quality Care

Did you know that your role as an early childhood professional is key to not only a young child’s well-being but to their healthy growth and development? Simply, you are not just an early childhood professional, but you’re a leader, a champion, and a member of both the local community and the larger community of early childhood care and education. You have an opportunity to make meaningful and lasting impacts in the lives of the children (and families) that you’re…

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Early Childcare Professionals Have an Important Role in a Child’s Growth and Development

From birth through age 8, the foundations for a child’s lifetime are formed. This gives early childhood professionals an opportunity to nurture this important growth and development. Knowing how children grow and develop helps early childhood professionals write curriculum activities and set up learning environments, observe and assess children over time and support children with different learning styles. When it comes to an early childhood professionals’ role – it’s important that there is an understanding of each individual child’s range…

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7 Quick Steps on How-To Update Your Work History in the Registry

The Arizona Early Childhood Professional Development Network (Network) is a one-stop location that serves as a resource to build Arizona’s early education workforce. It also connects early childhood practitioners and partners, so it’s a great place to keep your work history for potential jobs and networking. Three Ways the Registry Helps Your Career You can manage and update your information in the Arizona Early Childhood Workforce Registry (Registry) to help advance your career. There are also more benefits: Training: Find…

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The average wait time for processing your college transcripts is 28 Days. For questions regarding your Registry account, please contact info@thearizonaregistry.org.