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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Create a Culture of Continuous Improvement

Continuous improvement seems to be the latest buzzword in early childhood quality, but what does it really mean? The technical definition of continuous improvement is:  incremental adjustments to processes, services or programs with the objective of increasing quality and effectiveness.  This idea is not limited to programs that are struggling, but is equally applicable to programs that are already demonstrating high quality. So basically, quality happens on a continuum, and there are always ways to keep getting better. When all…

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Intro to the Arizona Early Childhood Workforce Knowledge and Competencies

All children have the capacity and an inherent ability to learn, especially in the most informative (early) years of their life. With this in mind, providing children a high-quality early childhood education is of the utmost importance and sets the stage for success not only in school, but also in life. Your role as an early childhood educator is key to a young child’s success, so ensuring that you have the core knowledge and competencies will provide the necessary support…

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