Arizona Head Start Association Newsletter

Arizona Head Start Association

March 2012 Happenings 




Greetings AHSA members and friends!


In February, we had our largest attendance ever at our Quarterly Meetings and Training!  With guests from the San Francisco Region IX Office (Jan Len, Laura Candeloro, Cynthia Yao and Donna Elmore), ADHS Bureau of Child Care Licensing (Lourdes Ochoa), and the National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning (Kristin Tenney-Blackwell), AHSA members flocked to our new meeting location with the University of Phoenix in Tempe.  As I ended up in bed with the flu, I want to thank everyone who pitched in and helped out in my absence, especially Katrina Relph-Mueller, who was my 'point person'.  I hated to miss the big events, but it was comforting to know that the Head Start community really pulls together.  Thanks to everyone!    

The week before, AHSA launched a new parenting curriculum, Abriendo Puertas (Opening Doors), and trained 21 trainers from 9 Head Start agencies.  A special thanks Ed Condon and Siria Rioja from NHSA and especially to our trainers, Karla Solano and Antionette Martinez.  Because of people like you, we are all successful!       


Are you trying to find a Head Start program?  Just click here!  

Upcoming AHSA Events:  Save these Dates ...




Phoenix - Location University of Phoenix
May 16, 2012                   AHSA/AZ T/TA Training Day              
May 17, 2012                   AHSA Quarterly Membership Meeting &

                                           AHSA Committee Meetings

May 18, 2012                   AHSA Board Meeting

Prescott - Prescott Resort & Conference Center
August 22, 2012               AHSA/AZ T/TA Training Day
August 23, 2012               AHSA Quarterly Membership Meeting &                                            AHSA Committee Meetings
August 24, 2012               AHSA Board Meeting

Phoenix - Desert Willow Conference Center
October 18, 2012             6th Annual AHSA Mental Health Symposium
October 19, 2012             6th Annual AHSA Mental Health Symposium


                   AzEIP Updates              


The Arizona Department of Economic Security, Arizona Early Intervention Program (DES/AzEIP) will accept input on the application and proposed policies, through April 16, 2012. The proposed application and policies will be available at AzEIP's website. If you are unable to access the application and policies electronically, please contact DES/AzEIP at (602) 532-9960; toll free outside of Maricopa County at (888) 439-5609, or by email.


Persons submitting comments on any of the documents should indicate support, opposition, suggested changes, additions, or deletions. Written comments may be submitted to DES/AzEIP at 3839 North Third Street, Suite 304, Phoenix, AZ 85012, or email by 2:00 p.m. on April 16, 2012.


If you would rather participate in person, you can attend a meeting.


March 28, 2012 

1:00 - 3:00 PM 


3839 North Third Street, Suite 301

Phoenix, AZ 85012  

April 3, 2012
1:00 - 3:00 PM

Easter Seals Blake Foundation

Commerce Park Loop (CPL)

The Santa Cruz and Pantano Rooms

330 North Commerce Park Loop, Suite 100

Tucson, AZ 85745

April 5, 2012
1:00 - 3:00 PM

Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind

1000 E. Butler Ave, Suite 115

Flagstaff, AZ 86004 




                           Arizona DEC Spring Conference                   


Creating Adaptations for

Routines & Activities: CARA's Kit   


Our workshop instructor Lillian McCuen, M.A. will provide professional development based on exciting materials developed by Suzanne Milbourne and Pip Campbell. A CARA's Kit  will be given to each workshop participant.  CARA's Kit provides guidance for making adaptations to daily classroom activities and routines so that all children can participate in the early childhood curriculum.  The kit is widely used in ECE classrooms across the country.


Click here for registration and location information.    



                           Do You Support Military Families?                   


Military Families Learning Community Seminar Series  

Demonstration of a Web-Enhanced Parenting Program for Military Families: After Deployment, Adaptive Parenting Tools/ADAPT


Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 2:00PM EST/11:00AM PST

Click here to register!



Grab & Go Resources: Little Kids, Big Questions-ZERO TO THREE's
New Podcast Series

No matter where a family is stationed, as long as they have Web access, they can download ZERO TO THREE's new podcast series designed especially for parents. Little Kids, Big Questions is a series of 12 podcasts that translates the research of early childhood development into practical parenting strategies that mothers, fathers, and other caregivers can tailor to the needs of their own child and family. Topics include brain development, social-emotional development, the influence of fathers, sleep issues, feeding issues, and more.

Click here to listen or click here to download the podcast.

Find information and advice on deployment and reunion
by clicking here.

Read tips on beginning and maintaining a healthy family life by clicking here.




                           Do You Support Kids with Disabilities?                   

Challenging Behavior Tip Sheet: At the Grocery Store

When we go the grocery store, my child runs down the aisle and tantrums when they don't get what they want.   


What you can do: Talk with your children before you go into the store and tell them how they should act when they get into the store. Use positive statements (DO this) instead of negative statements (DON'T do). Also, let them know what will happen if they do run down the aisle or don't get what they want.  


Want more Challenging Behavior Tips for Families?  Click here. 



Are you a Teacher or other Classroom Staff?  Here are YOUR resources. 


Are you a Family Service Provider?  Here are YOUR resources. 


Are you a Disabilities Coordinator?  Here are YOUR resources. 


Are you a Supervisor or Coach?  Here are YOUR resources. 



Visit the Head Start Center for Inclusion 


The success of inclusion depends on everyone realizing that it involves more than children "just being there." Inclusion refers to the full and active participation of young children with disabilities in programs with typically developing children. For thirty years, research findings and public policies have promoted preschool inclusion as an important element in producing positive outcomes for young children with disabilities and their families (Guralnick, 2001; Smith & Rapport, 2001; Strain, McGee & Kohler, 2001). Head Start has a longstanding commitment to making enrollment opportunities available to children with disabilities.   


Here is an update on the proposed DSM-5 Autism Diagnostic Criteria.


Lastly, have you heard about The Friendship Circle?  In the words of one young man, '...becoming part of Friendship Circle is like walking into a giant hug...' 



                          Are you confused about school readiness?               

Head Start and Early Head Start School Readiness  

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)  


The purpose of these Head Start and Early Head Start School Readiness Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) is to help programs establish appropriate school readiness goals for children birth to five and aggregate data on children's progress. The answers are founded in the relationships of children, families, and staff, as well as principles of how babies, toddlers, and preschoolers learn. The Head Start Program Performance Standards, especially language regarding school readiness from 1307, provide context for these responses.     



                          A Word About Our Sponsors...              

You may have noticed an extra email or two over the last two months.  Several months ago, AHSA initiated both  Affiliate Memberships and Sponsorship Opportunities.  As a benefit to our Sponsors, they have an opportunity to communicate with our readership for special events they may have...such as sales or product premiers.  Kaplan and Lakeshore are both AHSA Sponsors, and as so, they have both sent you messages recently.


Please know that we value our members and readership and use this special opportunity with discretion.  We appreciate both of these companies and others who support us in other ways.  As always, contact us if you have questions.    



First Things First Updates...              


Professional REWARD$   

The Professional REWARD$ program acknowledges and rewards progressive education, educational attainment and commitment to continuous employment at a child care center, group or family child care home regulated by a Federal, State or Tribal authority. Approved child care professionals will receive a financial incentive ranging from $300 to $2,000 based on their education.  


Starting Spring 2012 the application period will open at 9am on March 1st and close at midnight on April 30th.     


Regional Grant Opportunities  

Notice of Intent to Issue MULTIPLE Requests for Grant Applications  

Many of these close on April 12 & 13, 2012 so act quickly!  Not enough time?  Sign up for regular notices by clicking here. 


Regional Partnership Councils 

The following seats are assigned to four year terms ending 6/30/12. Each will be open for new appointment to a term beginning 7/1/12 and ending 6/30/16. Appointments will be made by the FTF State Board. Qualified applications will be considered for nomination with screening and interviews beginning as early as April 2012. In addition, vacant seats with terms ending June 30, 2014 are listed in Bold. Interested individuals are encouraged to apply at the FTF website.   



                          Are you concerned about Childhood Obesity?         


Exploring Food Together is a toolkit of simple activities that adults who work with young children can use, in the classroom or in the home, to help kids learn about new foods and start building the skills to make healthy food choices.


Exploring Food Together is intended to be used by adults working with young children. The educator guide is designed to support a wide range of potential users, such as early childhood educators and nutrition staff, community nutritionists, culinary professionals, Extension agents, and environmental educators serving families in need. Parents will also enjoy doing these activities with their kids at home.


                          Do You Want to Help Homeless Children?          


Learn about The Homeless Children and Youth Act.  HR32, is bi-partisan legislation that would make it easier for homeless children, youth, and families to receive homeless assistance, no matter where they happen to be living. 


The federal definition of homelessness used by all public schools in the United States includes children and youth who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. This definition specifically includes children and youth living in shelters, transitional housing, cars, campgrounds, motels, and sharing the housing of others temporarily due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar reasons. This is the same definition of homelessness used by Head Start, special education, child nutrition, and other federal family and youth programs.

Do you wonder What Educational Rights Do Homeless Children and Youth Have? 


Do you have questions about Pre-School Children and the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act?


Learn more about Head Start and their work with Homelessness.   



                          Monitoring in Head Start          


Welcome to FY 2012 Head Start Monitoring. On this page, you will find links to helpful information and tools related to Monitoring including the FY 2012 Grantee Webcast, the On-Site Review Protocol, information on Monitoring 360, and much more. On the right-hand side of this page, you will find additional tools and information that may be helpful for your program.



                          Voter Information - Are YOU Doing Your Part?           

Important Dates & Deadlines


July 30, 2012               Voter Registration Ends

August 28, 2012          Primary Election    

November 6, 2012      General Election

October 8, 2012          Voter Registration Ends

Click here to find out more...about

  • Ballot Measures and Propositions,   
  • Terms and Cycles for Elective Offices and   
  • 2012 Important Dates and Registration Deadlines.

Will the Quality Education and Jobs Act or Pennies for Prevention make it to the ballot?   Click here to learn more.  


Do you know about SCR1031 statewide initiatives; periodic reauthorization and HCR2005 initiatives; referendum measures; periodic reauthorization both of which have implications for the future of First Things First and other ballot measures that dedicate funds to a specific purpose.  




Upcoming Conferences & Trainings


AZ DEC Spring Conference 

March 31, 2012

Mesa, AZ 


NHSA's 39th Annual Head Start Conference

April 16- 21, 2012

Nashville, TN   


30th Annual "Protecting Our Children" National American Indian Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect

April 22-25, 2012
Scottsdale, Arizona


National Head Start Manager & Director Academy 

June 4-7, 2012

Louisville, KY  


NAEYC Professional Development Institute

June 10-13, 2012

Indianapolis, IN


National Indian Head Start Directors Association, Management Training Conference

June 11-15-2012

Acme, MI


The 16th Annual Birth to Three Institute

June 11-14, 2012 
Washington, DC  

Head Start's 11th National Research Conference

June 18-20, 2012 

Washington, D.C.    


2012 Intertribal Circle of Caring & Sharing Training Conference  

June 27-29, 2012

Chandler, AZ 


2012 Arizona Early Childhood Summit  

August 19, 2012  

August 20 and 21, 2012 

Phoenix, AZ

National Head Start Fall Leadership Institute - info coming soon!

September 17-21, 2012
Washington, DC

DEC's 28th Annual International Conference On Young Children With Special Needs & Their Families
October 28-30, 2012

Minneapolis, MN

NAEYC Annual Conference & Expo
November 7-10, 2012
Atlanta, GA

27th National Training Institute (NTI)
November 29 - December 1, 2012
Los Angeles, CA

National Head Start Winter Leadership Institute - info coming soon!

January 27-31, 2013
Washington, DC




Are you interested in joining AHSA as an Affiliate Member or a Corporate Sponsor?  Depending on your level of joining, your membership or sponsorship includes a menu of benefits such as attending AHSA events at member prices, vendor tables at our annual conference, speaking in person to AHSA membership & board, company logo on AHSA website, and sending email to our list of almost 2000 recipients!

                  Contact Bonnie for more information or an application! 


We hope you have enjoyed this issue of the AHSA Happenings.  If you would like to have information included, please contact us!  Please forward to members of the Head Start community and our ECE Friends.  Encourage them to 'subscribe' to learn more about what is going on in Arizona's Head Start programs!



Bonnie Williams, Executive Director
Arizona Head Start Association

602-338-0449 (phone)  

PO Box 11281 

Phoenix, AZ 85064 (office hours by appointment only)