Diné Institute for Navajo Nation Educators

YÁ’AT’ÉÉH TEACHERS! Are you looking for a professional development opportunity that is challenging, culturally responsive, and collaborative? View the website for the Diné Institute for Navajo Nation Educators. Accepting Applications for 2021 Teacher Fellows Are you a full-time, fully certified preK-12 teacher in a grant, BIE, or public school on or bordering the Navajo Nation? Can you commit to 4 Saturdays & 3 weekend residencies during in 2021? Are you seeking a challenging yet supportive opportunity to learn more about…

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Equity Leaders Action Network (ELAN) Fellowship

FAQ from the ELAN Informational Webinar can be viewed here. The deadline to apply is February 19th, 2021. Apply via JotForm here. The following is for your reference: The Zoom recording of the Informational Webinar can be viewed here. PDF of the ELAN Fellows Application PDF of the Presentation Slides Please direct your inquiries to

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The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) Empower Plus+ 2.0 is excited to offer you Go NAPSACC*, an online tool that is helping child care programs support children’s healthy eating and physical activity. Participating providers receive free, unlimited access to Go NAPSACC’s online tools, educational materials, and training as well as requesting support from a local Go NAPSACC Consultant.  Please see the informational flyer for details. *Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care This is a great opportunity to show families you’re going the…

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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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CDA Renewal Amnesty Program Extended

The CDA Renewal Amnesty Program has been extended until December 31, 2020. Anyone with a CDA® credential expiration date going back as far as January 1, 2010, can still renew. For information regarding the CDA Renewal Amnesty Program, go to To apply or renew a CDA credential, go to and create an account.

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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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Stories of Strength & Resilience | Irene Montes

Irene Montes Yuma, AZ Irene is a preschool teacher at Chicanos Por La Causa Yuma Head Start Center in Yuma, AZ. She is currently a First Things First College Scholarship recipient and attending Arizona Western College (AWC) for her Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education. Read a message from Irene: Hace un año y cuatro meses entre a trabajar a Chicanos Por La Causa (CPLC) como bus aide. Conforme pasaban los días disfrutaba más a los niños y sentí la necesidad…

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Safety Practices for Child Care Programs in the Face of COVID-19

ChildCare Education Institute is offering HLTH111, a one-hour beginner-level course that grants 0.1 IACET CEU upon successful completion, which provides basic information about preventing the spread of COVID-19 in child care settings based on the latest standards and recommendations from major national health organizations. Participants will learn: Recommended hygiene practices Recognizing signs and symptoms Criteria for excluding a child from group care Communicating with children and families Maintaining a clean environment CLICK HERE to register!

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