Upcoming AHSA Events: Save these Dates ...
ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Phoenix - Location University of Phoenix
May 16, 2012 AHSA/AZ T/TA Training Day
May 17, 2012 AHSA Quarterly Membership Meeting &
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
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...
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
NHSA's 39th Annual Head Start Conference
April 16- 21, 2012
30th Annual "Protecting Our Children" National American Indian Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect
April 22-25, 2012
National Head Start Manager & Director Academy
June 4-7, 2012
NAEYC Professional Development Institute
June 10-13, 2012
National Indian Head Start Directors Association, Management Training Conference
The 16th Annual Birth to Three Institute
June 11-14, 2012
Head Start's 11th National Research Conference
June 18-20, 2012
2012 Intertribal Circle of Caring & Sharing Training Conference
June 27-29, 2012
2012 Arizona Early Childhood Summit
August 19, 2012
August 20 and 21, 2012
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!