The early years are critical for a child’s healthy development. The positive, nurturing relationships young kids have with adults, including child care and early learning professionals, prepare them for success in school and throughout their lives.

The Professional Development Workgroup (PDWG) is a community of professionals and advocates passionate about the progress of the early childhood profession in Arizona. Members from across the state come from a variety of fields, like teaching, advocacy, institutes of higher learning, state agencies and strategic partnerships. The PDWG is open to all interested in building Arizona’s early education workforce and promoting the early childhood professional development system. To support ongoing projects and strategic initiatives, there are 3 subgroups that gather on a monthly or bi-monthly basis, both in-person and through online conferencing for those unable to travel. Collectively the PDWG meets quarterly at the Network headquarters in Phoenix.

In-Person Meetings are located at First Things First in Phoenix, Arizona:

4000 N Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85012

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PDWG Subgroups

Professional Standards and Career Pathways

In the Professional Standards and Career Pathways subgroup, you will take part in examining the content of professional preparation programs and ongoing professional development. Your input will be used to determine the best routes for the continuous progress of early childhood professionals. 

  • Second Tuesday of every month from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    * No meeting in July, September or December


The Articulation subgroup focuses on the transfer of professional development credentials, courses, credits, degrees, and student performance-based competencies from one program or institution to another, ideally without a loss of credits.

  • Third Friday of every month from 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
    *February and August meetings will be used to discuss First Things First College Scholarships and will be online only.

Data, Access, Outreach, and Finance

The Data, Access, Outreach, and Finance subgroup examines the funding that all professional development systems need in order to operate, outreach opportunities to engage the field, as well as ongoing means to measure towards our strategic goals. You will contribute to gauging impacts and systems changes, as well as the planning, evaluation, quality assurance, and accountability.

  • Third Tuesday of even months (Feb, Apr, June, Aug, Oct, Dec) from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

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