Arizona Head Start Association Newsletter
Arizona Head Start Association
November 2012 Happenings 


Greetings AHSA Members and Friends!


Elections are over and our work goes on!  Have you congratulated your newly elected officials?  Be sure they know who you are and know about all of the good work that you do!  Budget times are tough and decisions will be made.  You'll want to be a part of them!  Now is the time to join hands and work together for the benefit of ALL children and families in Arizona.  With change comes new opportunity.

It's our pleasure to share this newsletter with you.  Let us know what you are thinking.  Contact us any time!


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Upcoming AHSA Events:  Save these Dates ...


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Parent Leadership Institute
Phoenix - Southwest Human Development
February 7, 2013

Quarterly Meeting
Phoenix -
February 20, 2013          AHSA Training Day - Behavior Management
February 20, 2013          AHSA Strategic Planning
February 21, 2013          AHSA Quarterly Meeting & Committee Meetings
February 22, 2013          AHSA Board Meeting

AHSA Health Institute
Phoenix -
April 12, 2013                  Theme - 'Let's Move & Groove'

Quarterly Meeting
Phoenix -
May 15, 2013                  AHSA Training Day   
May 16, 2013                  AHSA Quarterly Meeting & Committee Meetings
May 17, 2013                  AHSA Board Meeting

Improving Teaching         


 Researchers: Teacher observations should be used in preschools 

Standardized observations should be used to ensure improvement among teachers and caregivers of even the youngest students, according to researchers and authors Lisa Guersney and Susan Ochshorn. "Today's early education system is weakened by discrepancies between standards and measurement tools used for K-12 teachers and those for professionals in child care and pre-K programs," Guersney and Ochshorn write. The pair were part of a recent panel discussion on the issue in New York City, where observation frameworks are being piloted in some classrooms.

Effective Teams: The Key to Transforming Schools?


What makes a good teaching team?  Strong teams can help educators feel connected to their colleagues and build emotional resilience in a job that is getting tougher to do, transformational leadership coach Elena Aguilar writes. In this blog post, Aguilar shares five ideas about what makes a good team such as creating a "safe space" for professional learning. "There are many reasons for which those of us working in schools might gather in a team but I believe that all of those reasons should contain opportunities for learning with and from each other," she writes.
Common Core in Early Childhood


 NAEYC Response to Downward Pressure of Common Core Standards 


As states swiftly moved to adopt the common standards in English/language arts and math, a number of voices in the early education field have raised concerns and questions about what the common core might do to classrooms that serve 3- and 4-year-olds.  A new paper from the National Association for the Education of Young Children may help early childhood educators to discuss and consider the interplay between the common standards' emphasis on raising academic rigor and early childhood research results that show that play, the arts, social skills, and integrated instruction are crucial to young children's healthy development. The paper, among other things, calls on the early-childhood field to assert its collective knowledge on the needs of young learners (birth to age 8) and to resist downward pressure from K-12, especially at the state level, to modify "well-developed, early-learning standards to align with those for programs serving older children." Early educators, the NAEYC paper contends, "should not allow for alignment to flow only downward but should advocate for the 'push-up' of early-childhood standards to inform ongoing development of K-12 standards, including those in areas not part of the Common Core."

Common Core in Arizona

Across the state, Arizona's Common Core Standards are being implemented to ensure that all students have the academic knowledge and skills they need to be successful in college, career and life. To support their implementation, the Arizona Public Engagement Task Force - an independently formed statewide collaborative of more than 30 organizations - has worked in partnership with the Arizona Department of Education to provide information and resources to parents, educators, students and business leaders about the standards. The Task Force has also created the Arizona's Common Core Standards Communications Tool Kit that provides superintendents, principals, teachers and other community leaders with the tools to communicate to families and community members about the standards.
Be a Trainer for Hearing Screening - T3 Training


Click here to learn about and  click here to register if you or staff would like to become a T3 Trainer...Remember you have to be a certified screener with experience to apply to attend.  Please direct any questions to Patty Merk at U of A Cooperative Extension.  


T3 Training of Trainers for Hearing Screening

December 17, 18 & 19, 2012

4341 East Broadway Road

Phoenix, AZ 85040

University of Arizona Cooperative Extension


For more information, contact Amanda Palma at 602-827-8200 x353 


CDA News - CDA 2.0       


Here at the Council for Professional Recognition we are so excited about the upcoming evolution of the Child Development Associate (CDA) National Credentialing Program!  When we first announced the details of CDA 2.0 at the NAEYC Professional Development Institute this past June, we were met with enthusiastic cheers, applause and gratitude (with a little trepidation mixed in). Since then, we have been overwhelmed by the positive calls, emails, letters and conversations offering support, encouragement and even excitement about the

upcoming changes to the CDA credentialing process.


Learn more about CDA below to... 


Read the Brochure

Read the Transition Guide 

See the Comparison Chart 

Goodbye AIMS - Hello PARCC      




The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a consortium of states working together to develop a common set of K-12 assessments in English and math anchored in what it takes to be ready for college and careers. These new K-12 assessments will build a pathway to college and career readiness by the end of high school, mark students' progress toward this goal from 3rd grade up, and provide teachers with timely information to inform instruction and provide student support. The PARCC assessments will be ready for Arizona to administer during the 2014-2015 school year


Making Sense of Data - ECE Style!       


The Early Childhood Data Collaborative
Learn more about how Early Childhood programs should and can use data in their programs.  Learn about Arizona data here!

What Are the Issues?

States Collect ECE Data but Cannot Transform the Data into Actionable

In March 2011, the Early Childhood Data Collaborative (ECDC) released findings on how states are collecting and linking data on children, the workforce, and program sites in six state ECE programs: subsidized child care, licensed child care, state funded Head Start/Early Head Start, state-funded prekindergarten, early intervention, and preschool special education. The analysis revealed the following:
  • Every state collects ECE data on individual children, program sites, and/or members of the ECE workforce for at least some of the state's ECE programs.
  • Data gaps remain, especially in workforce data and data related to child development.
  • Data are uncoordinated, as only one state could link data across all ECE programs at the child and site levels, and no state could do it at the workforce level.
  • Governance matters because data linkages are more likely to occur between data systems located within the same state agency.  

Teaching Strategies Gold (TSG) is a tool that many ECE programs have recently adopted as their system of ongoing progress monitoring.  This, in part, is Arizona's attempt to address some of these data issues!   


TSG is also aligned with the  

Arizona Early Learning Standards (ELS)   

Common Core for Kindergarten English Language Arts & Literacy and Math,  

Head Start and  

Early Head Start.  


Upcoming Conferences & Trainings


National Head Start Parent Conference and Family Engagement Institutes 
December 1-5, 2012
Dallas, TX

Obesity Conference
December 6, 2013
Phoenix, AZ

National Head Start Winter Leadership Institute
January 28 - February 1, 2013
Washington, DC

AHSA Parent Leadership Institute
Phoenix, AZ
February 7, 2013

22nd Annual Celebrate the Young Child Conference
March 9, 2013
Glendale, AZ

10th Annual National Training Institute on Effective Practices: Supporting Young Children's Social Emotional Development
March 20-23, 2013 
Clearwater Beach, FL

1st Annual AHSA Health Institute - info coming soon!
April 12, 2013
Phoenix, AZ 

40th National Head Start Conference
April 28 - May 2, 2013
Washington, D.C.


Are you interested in joining AHSA as an Affiliate Member or a Corporate Sponsor

Depending on your level of membership or sponsorship, your participation 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 over 2900 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!

Arizona Head Start Association
602-338-0449 (phone) 
480-540-9987 (cell) 
PO Box 45483. 
Phoenix, AZ 85064 (office hours by appointment only)
Note - Our fax number has been discontinued!