Early Intervention Basics:
PBS for Kids for parents
PBS Kids for Parents offers a variety of fun and educational activities for children 2-8 years old. The Learn & Grow tab offers a variety of milestone topics to support Emotional & Self-Awareness, Social Skills, Literacy, and Arts. Find Ways to Play / Activities To Do At Home with 2 Year Olds
Communication Cues from infants & toddlers
The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning at Vanderbilt University offers tips on communications cues from children up to age 2.
Why healthy baby teeth matter
The new First Things First website explains why oral health for babies is so important.
Professional Development Opportunities
Be sure to mark your calendars for Strong Families AZ virtual Learning Festivals that take place on the first or second Fridays of the month. They are FREE to attend and links to register via Zoom will be sent out approximately 2 weeks before each session. They offer certificates of attendance for 1.5 professional development hours following completion of the evaluation for each session.
Please watch for our invitations to register by email.
Learning Festival for Home Visitors
November 3, 2023 (Virtual) | 10:00am – 11:30am (Phoenix Time)
Certificate of Attendance available – 1.5 Professional Development Hours
Free to attend via Zoom. American Sign Language Interpretation will be available.
Topic: Creating Connections through Self-Care: Follow up to 2023 Conference Retreat
Kelly Lubeck, MPH, RYT, Coach and Healing Practitioner will help us Create Connections through Self-Care.
Kelly Lubeck is passionate about changing the world for the better, through individual and community-level healing programs that inspire wellness, health and soul-centered, embodied leadership.
Changemaking is hard work – and can extract a toll on those who deliver it. Kelly guides changemakers and leaders to heal their individual nervous systems and release self-defeating patterns of self-sacrifice and over-giving in their work and relationships that lead to burnout, anxiety and illness. As they expand their capacity for changemaking, this healing ripples out to the world and changes it for the better.
Kelly helps leaders to stay grounded, centered, and embodied in the midst of changemaking, so they can deliver and lead impactful work, enjoy meaningful relationships and have deep connection with their purpose, without sacrificing body, mind and spirit to their mission. And that makes an even greater impact.
She draws upon her personal experiences of journeying back from an unexplained health crisis and burnout (twice!) to guide committed changemakers with clarity, wisdom, confidence and compassion.
Kelly integrates her extensive background of over 25 years of developing and leading public health and early childhood programs in Latin America, the U.S. and Africa, with over 15 years leading educational and resilience building, holistic healing programs, keynotes, workshops and retreats to individuals, groups and organizations around the world.
She earned her Masters in Public Health at Columbia University. Her holistic training includes her yoga teacher training certification (RYT), Healing the Light Body shamanic healing certification, Sacred Depths coaching certification, holistic health coaching certification, and years of study on the nervous system and trauma healing with a variety of teachers. Her finest teacher thus far, though, is her 12-year-old child, who’s taught her about most things in life and her capacity for love.
Register in advance for this meetingAfter registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting and your unique Zoom link.
Learning Festival sessions are typically the first Friday of the month at 10:00am. We encourage participation in the discussion portion of the presentations.
You can review past Learning Festival sessions on the SFAZ Home Visitor Portal.
Southern Arizona Association for the Education of Young Children
AHCCCS Health Care Career Education Scholarship Opportunities
AHCCCS, in collaboration with Maricopa Community Colleges and the Managed Care Organization’s (MCOs) Workforce Development Administrators, has launched two AHCCCS Health Care Career Education Scholarship opportunities.
AHCCCS is working with other colleges around the state to make these scholarships available throughout Arizona. Updates will be posted on the AHCCCS webpage.
The purpose of the scholarships is to provide a resource for furthering education, improve the competency of direct care providers, and enhance members' experiences. This transformative award program covers student tuition, books, course fees, health and safety requirements, and other needed resources for students pursuing a career in:
Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Career Education and Training
The Complete List of Eligible Programs, Degrees, Certificates, and Courses, includes:
- Advanced Caregiver
- Direct Care Worker
- Disabilities Specialist
- Occupational Therapy Assistant
- Physical Therapy Assistant
- Speech Language Pathologist Assistant
This is an excellent professional development opportunity. The Division encourages all Qualified Vendors to share this resource with their workforce and support direct service providers to apply for a scholarship.
For further information and to apply for a scholarship in participating community colleges, please visit the AHCCCS webpage.
You may also contact the Workforce Development Team mailbox at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dear Early Childhood Professional,
The Arizona Comprehensive System of Personnel Development (CSPD) Recruitment and Retention workgroup has launched its annual workforce survey to hear the voices of early childhood professionals from across Arizona. We are looking for professionals to complete this survey so that we can collect data on recruitment and retention of the Early Intervention (EI), Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE), and Early Childhood Education (ECE) fields and create products to support programs with retention of early childhood staff. We thank you in advance for taking the time to answer these questions. The survey on average takes 5-15 minutes. If you're a supervisor, it would be helpful to have information regarding staff vacancies nearby. and colleagues. Please take a few moments to complete the workforce survey and please forward to your staff. Thank you for your time!
Early Childhood Educator Recruitment and Retention Survey
CSPD Recruitment Event
Ready to jump in? We are looking for professionals from Head Start, early intervention, early childhood special education, institutes of higher education, partnering state agencies involved in Arizona’s childcare systems, and parents of children with disabilities. CSPD Recruitment Event
For more information, contact email@example.com
AZ ASQ News
This link is available to subscribe to the Az ASQ Newsletter as well as to submit questions or topics to be addressed in future issues.