Early Literacy PD with Make Way for Books


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Support for Immigrant and Refugee Children

This guide was created for educators, school support staff and service providers who teach, mentor and help open the doors of opportunity for undocumented youth and unaccompanied and refugee children currently living in the United States. Educators, school support staff and service providers are often the first individuals a student and/or family comes out to as undocumented. Moreover, they are often the first ones to witness the impact of increased enforcement measures on students and their families. It’s critically important that educators, school support staff and service providers know the tools and resources available to help protect and prepare youth and families for an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid. http://www.aft.org/sites/default/files/im_uac-educators-guide_2016.pdf

Resource Guide: Building a Bright Future for All: Success in Early Learning Programs and Elementary School for Immigrant Families


This January 2017 resource from the U.S. Department of Education was developed to enhance state and local efforts to support immigrant children from birth through the elementary grades. The first half provides tips for educators in early learning programs and elementary schools as well as schools, districts, and States to: (1) facilitate school enrollment by immigrant families; (2) promote healthy child development in the school setting; (3) encourage caregiver engagement in their children’s education; and (4) build staff knowledge about immigrant children and their educational needs. The second half provides tips for parents and guardians on how to facilitate children’s learning and education starting at birth.

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FTF Early Childhood Summit – Call for Proposals

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First Things First is accepting proposals for breakout sessions to be presented at the 2017 Early Childhood Summit.

The Summit is a unique opportunity to share your knowledge, experience and ideas with a large and highly-engaged audience of early childhood professionals, stakeholders and supporters. Breakout sessions cover best practices, innovative and evidence-based approaches and relevant research in a variety of important topic areas:

  • Child Health and Development
  • Early Childhood Systems Building
  • Early Learning
  • Organizational and Personal Development
  • Public Awareness and Engagement
  • Strengthening Families
  • Tribal Communities

Learn more about topic areas, criteria for selection, and how to submit a proposal.

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2017 Phoenix Head Start Birth to Five Fatherhood Summit

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Strong Families AZ’s 2017 Guide to a Great Year

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Well-Visit Planner

Well Visit Planner

The Well-Visit Planner is a great  tool that can increase parent’s engagement in their child’s visit. Families answer a series of questions on their child’s development and can print their results to bring to their next visit.Parents can identify questions, concerns, and priorities prior to the visit which helps improve communication. For more information see the Well-Visit Planner Implementation Toolkit.

In Need of Breastfeeding Help and Nutrition Tips?


Feeding a newborn baby can be a struggle, but the Arizona WIC Program is here to help! Arizona WIC Program is a free nutrition and breastfeeding program where families can receive personalized nutrition tips, as well as breastfeeding information, support, and resources from nutrition and breastfeeding experts.

Check out Vroom!


Check out Vroom! This is a great resource to incorporate simple techniques that boost brain development for children up to age five. Parents will find easy tips and activities to turn everyday activities into brain building moments! Vroom changes shared moments into brain building moments by incorporating these easy steps:

Look, Follow, Chat, Take Turns, Stretch

You can download a PDF of Vroom worksheets for every age.  There is even a free Daily Vroom App!

Top Ten Parenting Tips for 2017

10    Read, read and read some more!

9      Find some time to just play.

8      Get grandparents involved!

7      Try the positive parenting approach.

6      Help your child develop social-emotional skills.

5       Keep expectations for behavior realistic.

4       Support your child’s communication skills.

3       Consider your child’s temperament.

2       Reflect on your experiences as a child.

And, the number one parenting tip for 2017 is… just breathe!

Courtesy of Zero to Three

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The First Things First Parent Kit

Introducing a new digital resource
for parents of children from birth to age 5

Being the parent of a young child is an important job, but it isn’t an easy one. To help parents meet the challenge, the First Things First Parent Kit is now available online at FirstThingsFirst.org/Parent-Kit.

Covering topics including pregnancy, child development, safety, physical and emotional health, setting limits, and quality child care, the Parent Kit provides useful tips and dependable information and resources to help parents do their best in supporting the healthy development of their baby, toddler or preschooler.

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Notice of Public Participation – Annual AzEIP Application

FEDERAL FISCAL YEAR 2017 (July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018)

The Arizona Early Intervention Program is a statewide program for infants and toddlers, birth to three years of age, with disabilities and their families implemented through a partnership between the Arizona Department of Economic Security (ADES), Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind (ASDB), Arizona Department of Health Services (DHS), Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), and the Arizona Department of Education (ADE).

The Arizona Department of Economic Security, Arizona Early Intervention Program (ADES/AzEIP), as the Lead Agency for Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), is seeking public comment on Arizona’s proposed Federal Fiscal Year 2017 Application for Federal Funds ( July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018).  This is an opportunity for you to review and provide input and suggestions.

The Arizona Department of Economic Security, Arizona Early Intervention Program (ADES/AzEIP) will accept input on the application through April 4, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. The proposed application is available atwww.azdes.gov/AzEIP.  If you are unable to access the application electronically, please contact DES/AzEIP at (602) 532-9960 or by e-mail atDCFEFinance@azdes.gov.

Comments may be made:
(1)          in writing to DES/AzEIP at 1789 West Jefferson Street, 2nd Floor NE corner, Phoenix, AZ 85007 or DCFEFinance@azdes.gov by 4:00 pm April 4, 2017.
(2)          in writing or verbally at the following public comment hearings:

Date Time Location
Thursday, March 15, 2017 4:30-6:00 PM DES/DDD
6740 South Tucson Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85756
Conference Call in is available 1-877-820-7831 passcode 719314
Friday, March 16, 2017 2:00 PM-4:00 PM Arizona Capital Museum
1700 West Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Conference Call in is available 1-877-820-7831 passcode 719314
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