Tag: Quality First

How unfunded mandates strain schools’ budgets. See more state education news here

| March 12, 2019
How unfunded mandates strain schools’ budgets. See more state education news here

What do lawmakers’ bills to require students be tested for dyslexia and receive school vision and hearing screenings have in common?

They’re unfunded mandates, which means there are no funding sources in these bills to provide the services they require.

“It could be the best mandate in the whole world, and it doesn’t change the fact that if it’s not funded, then districts have to take money away from programs and services that students are already getting,” said Chuck Essigs, director of governmental relations for Arizona Association of School Business Officials.

Since Arizona remains 48th in the nation in public education spending, unfunded mandates have a significant impact on public schools’ budgets, Essigs said.

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Flagstaff’s San Francisco de Asis Catholic Preschool receives highest quality rating

| August 26, 2018
Flagstaff’s San Francisco de Asis Catholic Preschool receives highest quality rating

The San Francisco de Asis Catholic Preschool in Flagstaff recently achieved a five-star rating through Arizona’s First Things First Quality First program. The ratings is the highest available and a first for the Coconino region.

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Study shows Quality First improves early learning settings

| September 9, 2017
Study shows Quality First improves early learning settings

A recent study has proven that Quality First works to improve the quality of early learning settings and that the scale used to rate programs does reflect distinct levels of quality.

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Quality Matters in Child Care and Preschool

| July 18, 2016
Quality Matters in Child Care and Preschool

A child’s most important developmental years are those leading up to kindergarten…

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Quality First Update

| December 28, 2015
Quality First Update

Quality First is about continuous quality improvement, and the data show that great progress is being made across programs in Arizona. As of November 2015, 54% of enrolled participants with Quality First Star Ratings were in the quality levels, up from 12% in 2012, 32% in 2013 and 43% in 2014. The number of programs in each of […]

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2015 Infant Toddler Summit – February 10th & 11th, 2015

| December 17, 2014
2015 Infant Toddler Summit – February 10th & 11th, 2015

2015 Infant Toddler Summit – February 10th & 11th, 2015 In February 2015, Arizona Department of Education will host a two-day summit focusing on the Infant Toddler Development Guide, effective instructional strategies for working with infants & toddlers, including those with special needs, and the importance of building strong foundations that lead to school-readiness. Topics […]

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