Arizona Head Start Association Newsletter

Arizona Head Start Association

February 2012 Happenings 




Greetings AHSA members and friends!


Gosh!  Where DOES the time go?  January seemed to come and go in such a hurry and without a newsletter!  A belated Happy New Year and if you're anything like we are here at AHSA, you are already on the go and looking towards spring!


The Head Start world is changing with the new requirements of the Head Start Act of 2007 beginning to take effect.  Recompetition and Resdesignation - new vocabulary that we are beginning to learn more about.  In December, a list was published of programs that are now required to recompete for their Head Start grant.  Of the 132 programs in 40 states, NO Arizona Head Start programs are on that initial list!  We will be watching and learning with our colleagues around the country as new systems and opportunities are put into place.  


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

Upcoming AHSA Events:  Save these Dates ...




Phoenix - Southwest Human Development

February 16 & 17, 2012  Abriendo Puertas (Train the Trainer)


Phoenix - Location University of Phoenix 

February 22, 2012          AHSA Training Day

February 23, 2012          AHSA Quarterly Membership Meeting &

                                           AHSA Committee Meetings

February 24, 2012          AHSA Board Meeting

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


Office of Head Start Needs Reviewers   

The Office of Head Start is recruiting grant reviewers who have strong communication skills, analytical skills and organizational and time-management skills and who are able to work independently, collaboratively and in a virtual environment. Reviewers must commit to a minimum of four weeks between spring and fall and will have to read up to 3,000 pages per week to stay on schedule.

To apply, click here.  Use reference code OHS-001-2012.  For questions, email here.


Arizona's Infant and Toddler Developmental Guidelines   


Arizona's Infant and Toddler Developmental Guidelines are part of a continuum of early learning guidelines which provide a framework for understanding and communicating a common set of developmentally appropriate expectations for young children, presented within a context of shared responsibility and accountability for helping young children meet these expectations. Specifically, these guidelines will describe expectations about what infants and toddlers should know (understand) and do (competencies and skills) across multiple domains of development during specific age ranges, as well as what adults can do to support children's optimal learning and development.  


The document was developed with three goals in mind:  


1. To help parents, families and other caregivers understand developmentally appropriate expectations for infants and toddlers.  


2. To promote healthy child growth and development for infants and toddlers , both in their own homes or in high quality child care and education settings.  


3. To promote the development of comprehensive and coordinated services which utilize the Infant Toddler Developmental Guidelines framework to benefit infants, toddlers and their families.


The Guidelines are posted here for public comment.  Contact Cami Ehler for more information.  



    2012 HHS Poverty Guidelines


The 2012 Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Poverty Guidelines account for last calendar year's increase in prices as measured by the Consumer Price Index.  for more information, click here.       


2012 Poverty Guidelines for the
48 Contiguous States and the District of Columbia

Persons in

Poverty guideline

















For families/households with more than 8 persons,
add $3,960 for each additional person.



                   New Definition of Autism Could Affect Many              


A new analysis suggests the definition being debated could exclude many already diagnosed and make finding services more difficult. The American Psychiatric Association is wrestling with the decision of where to draw the line between unusual and abnormal.  To read more about the proposed changes in the DSM-5, click here and to read the summary, click here. 



                           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.    



    Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs


This final rule updates the meal patterns and nutrition standards for the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs to align them with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. This rule requires most schools to increase the availability of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free and low-fat fluid milk in school meals; reduce the levels of sodium, saturated fat and trans fat in meals; and meet the nutrition needs of school children within their calorie requirements. These improvements to the school meal programs, largely based on recommendations made by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, are expected to enhance the diet and health of school children, and help mitigate the childhood obesity trend.


Note: This final rule does not update the Pre-K school meal patterns. These are under review and will be updated in a future rulemaking amending regulations implementing the USDA's Child and Adult Care Food Program. However, two provisions in this final rule, menu planning approach and fluid milk requirements, impact Pre-K meals as discussed later in this preamble.


To read more in the federal register, click here. 



 Call for Bilingual Assessors and Spanish-Speaking Children


Pearson's Clinical Assessment division is developing an updated version of the Differential Ability Scales-II Spanish Preschool test (DAS-II). It is being designed to assess cognitive abilities that are important to learning. We are nearing the end of our study and need both bilingual examiners and Spanish-speaking children ages 2 years 6 months to 4 years 11 months with developmental delay. We are offering compensation to examiners, examinees, and sites who choose to participate in our project. The test takes approximately 120 minutes and uses such activities as building with blocks, remembering and describing pictures, and early number concepts. Children often enjoy participating in field testing and the examiner will learn to administer a new assessment.


Click here to apply or contact Melissa Young at (800) 233-5686 ext. 24-8249 to inquire.



    Arizona Directions 2012 Report


About a quarter of all public schools in Arizona are public charter schools, compared with just 4.9% nationally, as noted in a key metric for education in Arizona Directions 2012The 44-page report measures areas of strengths and weakness for Arizona in terms of quality of life, sustainability and economic vitality. Using polls, charts and graphics, Arizona Directions 2012 is intended to visually present various snapshots of key metrics - job creation, education, health and infrastructure - for a more complete portrait of Arizona. Everything from airport activity to high-school graduation rates to water use to diabetes and smoking are highlighted in this now-annual report produced by Arizona Indicators, an online data project managed by Morrison Institute.  To read the full report, click here.



    Examples of Head Start


Thanks to good friend Enrique Feldman and Sunnyside Head Start Center, of Child-Parent Centers in Tucson, we have wonderful examples to read about and ponder.  Check out this Blog, where Enrique has been documenting the work of the staff and students.  Click for January and February to watch the progression of their work and inquiry.  Thanks for taking the time to slow us down and appreciate the daily work, Enrique!     



Upcoming Conferences & Trainings


2nd Annual Early Childhood Math and Science Institute  

February 23-24, 2012 

Pasadena, California    


2012 Arizona State Literacy/IDA Conference

March 2 & 3, 2012

Phoenix, AZ  


21st Annual Celebrate the Young Child Conference 

March 10, 2012 

Glendale, AZ   


3rd Annual Developmentally Appropriate Inclusion Conference 

March 24th, 2012 

Tucson, AZ   


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


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.   



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)