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APRIL 2015

Early Childhood Education News, Resources and Events
April 22, 2015

WOYC 2015 ~ Join us in celebration and conversation! + Upcoming Events
April 13, 2015

April 12 - 18, 2015

Local Events

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MARCH 2015

AzAEYC News ~ March 2015
March 19, 2015

Reminder to Urge Your Representatives to Sign onto Letters Supporting Early Learning
March 19, 2015

Remember to follow the three action steps below to help garner support for early learning and urge your members of Congress to sign onto letters circulating in the House and Senate!

ACTION STEP 1: Ask your Senator to support early childhood funding in ESEA through a sign-on letter

Ask your Senators to 
sign the letter from Sen. Bob Casey that expresses the need for a dedicated funding stream for early learning in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization. The deadline for signatures is next week.

ACTION STEP 2:  Call your Representative and urge them to sign onto Appropriations letters

Please urge your representatives to sign all three sign-on letters below in support of early childhood funding.
Letter 1: by Rep. Katherine Clark requests an increase in funding for CCDBG and Early Intervention Services
Letter 2: by Rep. Loretta Sanchez requests an increase in funding for Head Start
Letter 3: By Rep. Bobby Scott requests an increase in funding for Preschool Development Grants

ACTION STEP 3:  Call your Senator and urge them to sign onto Appropriations letters

Ask your Senators to sign the two sign-on letters below requesting increased funding for early childhood programs. 
Letter 1: by Senators Casey, Franken, and Hirono requesting robust funding for CCDBG, Head Start, and Part C.
Letter 2: by Senators Casey and Hirono requestion $750 million for Preschool Development Grants.

Sample Langage
You can use the language below and customize it to your needs:
“Hi my name is [state your name] and I am a constituent. I am calling to urge [name of Senator/Representative] to sign an important letter by [Name of Senator/Representative who wrote the letter] to support early childhood education. This letter is important in order to gain support for [state purpose of letter]. High-quality, affordable early childhood education is important for young children to thrive and be successful in school and life. Thank you.”

Call Now!
To call your Senator's office, please visit http://www.senate.gov/ or dial 202-224-3121.
To call your Representative’s office, please visit http://www.house.gov/ or dial 202-224-3121.


AzAEYC News ~ February 2015
February 27, 2015

ACTION ALERT: Use of restraint and seclusion in schools
February 9, 2015

National Conference of State Legislatures - Legislative Tracker
February 6, 2015 

The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) has sent out a 2015 State Legislative Session Calendar, a tool to help you easily identify the status of each legislative session at any given time.  

Additionally, the Early Care and Education 2014 Legislative Action report is now available online, and includes the wide array of early care and education policy issues that were covered in more than 900 bills in 49 states. The Early Care and Education Database is another important resource that contains up-to-date information on this year’s bills and is updated every two weeks.


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"The Raising of America" ~ Film Screening Event
January 29, 2015

AzAEYC Special Announcements
January 26, 2015

AzAEYC News ~ January 2015

January 19, 2015


CCDBG News: Webinar and Policy AlertDecember 1, 2014


AzAEYC Newsletter ~ November 2014
November 23, 2014


Arizona's School Readiness Framework Survey
September 19, 2014

AzAEYC News ~ September 2014
September 7, 2014


AzAEYC Special Issue - Candidates Weigh In On Kids' Issues
August 7, 2014

JULY 2014

AzAEYC Newsletter - July
July 21, 2014

JUNE 2014

AzAEYC Newsletter - June
June 16, 2014

MAY 2014

AzAEYC Newsletter - Supporting Early Childhood Education Professionals in their Work and Academic Journey!
May 14, 2014

APRIL 2014

AzAEYC Policy and Advocacy Update
April 4, 2014

MARCH 2014

AzAEYC Newsletter - March
March 17, 2014 

NAEYC 2014 Governing Board Election Results
March 7, 2014

NAEYC is pleased to announce the results of the 2014 Governing Board election. Each of the following members was elected to a four-year term that begins June 1, 2014.

Vice President, Ida Rose Florez 
Director, Early Education Effectiveness Exchange (E4) Academy, Center for Child and Family Studies, West Ed, San Diego, CA

Susan Perry-Manning
Executive Director, The North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation, Raleigh, North Carolina

Board Members At Large, Affiliate Liaison Pathway
Kelly Hantak
Early Interventionist/Adjunct Faculty, Missouri First Steps, Lindenwood University, St.Peters, Missouri

Board Members At Large
Carl Mack, Jr.
Associate Professor, Clinical Psychology, California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University, Sacramento Campus, California

Jan Stevenson
Young Children Education Program Specialist (619 Coordinator) Georgia Department of Education/Division for Special Education, Atlanta, Georgia



AzAEYC Newsletter - February
February 11, 2014 


AzAEYC Newsletter - Election Results and Upcoming Events
January 13, 2014 


Kindergarten Is Too Late - We Need to Strengthen Brains Earlier Than That
December 6, 2014 

  George Halvorson

Publication:  Huffington Post
Summary:  There is a strong body of evidence supporting the fact that Kindergarten is too late.  The basic and most important mental development processes that are needed to help each child read, stay in school, and stay out of prison actually happen before the age of five. Children whose brains don't receive the right strengthening support in those first years of life tend to be poor readers.  Children who are poorly prepared and who are poor readers are 40 percent more likely to get pregnant, 60 percent more likely to drop out of school and 70 percent more likely to go to jail.  Read more... 


103rd Arizona Town Hall on EARLY EDUCATION IN ARIZONA
November 3-6, 2013

The 103rd Arizona Town Hall on early education in Arizona was held November 3-6, 2013 on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.  Participants addressed Arizona's early learners (age 0-8) and determined what actions can be taken that will have the greatest positive impact on our state's future citizens and leaders. 


Language-Gap Study Bolsters a Push for Pre-K
October 21, 2013

This New York Times article presents new research findings that a language gap exists as young as 18 months-old between children from high- and low-income families, emphasizing the need for high quality early education programs. 

16 States and DC Submit Applications for Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Grants (RTT-ELC)
October 18, 2013 

Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont submitted applications to receive RTT-ELC state-level grants aimed at improving the quality of early learning programs and supporting states' efforts to design and implement an integrated system of high-quality early learning. Grant awards will last for four years and range from $37.5 million up to $75 million. The U.S. Departments of Education and Health & Human Services will announce winners in December.  

A Governor’s Guide to Early Literacy:  Getting All Students Reading by Third Grade
October 2013 

The National Governor’s Association recently released this guide to early literacy, highlighting the research-policy gap and recommending five policy actions to ensure all children are reading by third grade.

Investing in Our Future: The Evidence Base on Preschool Education
October 2013 

The Foundation for Child Development, in collaboration with the Society for Research in Child Development, released this research brief on the current science and evidence base on early childhood education. 

The authors will be discussing their findings at an upcoming event, “Too Much Evidence to Ignore: New Findings on the Impact of Quality Preschool at Scale,” which will take place from 1:00 to 3:00 PM on October 16, 2013, at the New America Foundation in Washington, DC. Click here for more information on the event. Twitter hashtag: #toomuchevidence.