Tag: early childhood education

United Way of Northern Arizona — Why Early Childhood Education is the ‘Golden Ticket’

| November 10, 2020
United Way of Northern Arizona — Why Early Childhood Education is the ‘Golden Ticket’

Your relationship with the United Way of Northern Arizona (UWNA) is a partnership that creates lasting, positive changes in our community.

Part of UWNA’s role is to do research so that your generous donations are directed to the programs and initiatives that have the most impact. In short, UWNA community investment volunteers work to ensure that you get the best possible return on your investment.

Early childhood development and educationmight represent the best ROI possible today.

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LAUNCH Flagstaff — Strategy to Improve Early Childhood Education – Elevate PreK

| November 10, 2020
LAUNCH Flagstaff — Strategy to Improve Early Childhood Education – Elevate PreK

Family support services in Flagstaff lack any coordinated infrastructure which produces inequities for families and their children.  
 
LAUNCH Flagstaff’s solution is to convene service providers with families, who are at the center of those conversations.  Together they take collaborative action toward building capacity for families to support optimal socio-emotional development for their children.

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Study: Poverty, Location Factors In Arizona Student Literacy. See more state education news here

| March 26, 2019
Study: Poverty, Location Factors In Arizona Student Literacy. See more state education news here

A study of literacy programs for Arizona third-graders found that children who live in poverty or attend rural schools are at a disadvantage in learning to read. The report evaluated how effective reading instruction programs were for third-grade students based on a number of key metrics derived from AzMERIT, Arizona’s statewide learning assessment test. Study author Robert Vagi is a researcher at the University of Minnesota; he said economic and geographic factors play a significant role in a student’s ability to achieve age-appropriate literacy.

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Superintendent’s Report: Argument for early childhood education

| September 20, 2017
Superintendent’s Report: Argument for early childhood education

In the world of education, early childhood education (ECE) is a hot topic that many people are discussing. ECE serves children ages 3 and 4 with the goal of improving children’s cognitive and behavioral development. Ninety percent of a child’s brain develops by the age of 5 and the belief is that ECE provides the boost to prepare children to be better learners in the future.

Quality ECE programs are required to focus on reading and number skills, cognitive development and motor skills. Programs can also supplement instruction with recreation, meals, health care, parent education and social services.

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Yuma region collaborates to bring “community school” pilot to local elementary school

| August 12, 2017
Yuma region collaborates to bring “community school” pilot to local elementary school

For many families of school-age children, the local school becomes almost like a second home. But what if that critical connection started even earlier – before their children started kindergarten? That’s the concept behind the community school model, which integrates academics, health and social services, youth and community development and community engagement with the goal of improved student learning, stronger families and healthier communities.

A year ago, the concept of a community school in Yuma was just a faint dream for the First Things First Yuma Regional Partnership Council as part of their efforts to ensure more children enter kindergarten ready for success. Now, as the school year begins, the regional council is looking forward to the culmination of months of hard work with the opening of a community school pilot at O.C. Johnson School.

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Free Upcoming Workshops

| August 8, 2016
Free Upcoming Workshops

FREE workshops by Raising Special Kids including Early Childhood Education, Positive Behavior Support, and IEP Training.

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Save The Date: 2016 Summer Conference

| February 27, 2016
Save The Date: 2016 Summer Conference

Arizona Department of Education is facilitating the “Early Childhood Education 2016 Summer Conference” June 8-10, 2016 in Prescott. Read more…

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Save The Date: 2016 Summer Conference

| February 15, 2016
Save The Date: 2016 Summer Conference

Arizona Department of Education is facilitating the “Early Childhood Education 2016 Summer Conference” June 8-10, 2016 in Prescott. Read more…

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Toddler Play Group Starts January 21, 2016

| January 4, 2016
Toddler Play Group Starts January 21, 2016

Healthy Steps Presents: Toddler Play Group for children 1 – 3 years of age Thursday mornings from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. starting January 21, 2016, please join us for this informal opportunity to share, learn, and meet other parents who can relate to you! The group will provide you with an opportunity to: Meet other […]

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Choosing Quality Child Care and Preschool

| December 28, 2015
Choosing Quality Child Care and Preschool

Choosing a child care setting for your infant, toddler or preschooler is a big decision. Quality is one of the most important factors to consider, as research shows that quality early learning settings help children develop skills that are crucial to their success now and once they enter school. But quality is not always easy to spot. This checklist (find the printable, PDF version here) will help you recognize the key elements of quality and make a more informed decision when considering a child care or preschool setting for your child.

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