Gerri's Gazette February 2024

State Performance Plans (SPP) / Annual Performance Report (APR) Now Available

Thank you to the family members, Interagency Coordinating Council for Infants and Toddlers, providers, early childhood partners, as well as all our stakeholders for helping set targets and providing feedback for this year’s SPP/APR submission. The SPP/APR evaluates the State’s efforts to implement the requirements and purposes of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part C, and describes how AzEIP will improve its implementation.

AzEIP submitted the report on February 1st to the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) under the US Department of Education. OSEP is currently reviewing the SPP/APR submissions for all states. You can view the report on AzEIP’s website or check out our other reports at:


Positive Parenting Tips

Learning Through Play

Children learn about the world around them when they are actively engaged in play. Watch this video to give you some ideas to encourage play around your home.

CDC Videos

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also offers "Communicating with Your Child" videos. Take advantage of this great resource by clicking this link for the CDC


ICC Facebook Page

Did you know that the Interagency Coordinating Council (ICC) for Infants and Toddlers has a Facebook Page?

We would love to share this resource with you. Join our Facebook Early Childhood Community to find out about community events and help us reach 500 followers.




Mountain State Regional Genetics Network is recruiting parents for a Newborn Screening Listening Session. They want feedback from families regarding their experience with newborn screenings and subsequent family outcomes. If your child received a positive newborn screening result via blood spot testing or you are interested in sharing your experience with the newborn screening, complete the survey. There will be a stipend provided to families who participate. The form must be filled out before March 1st.

Parent Training Opportunities

For questions, call or text (520) 646-3315 Register for Trauma Informed Care Training



Wednesday, February 28, 2024

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM MST


Join the DES Office of Tribal Relations on February 28th to learn about DES updates on programs, policies, and/or services. Each Division will attend, and you can ask questions in individual break-out sessions with a specific Division. This is not a Tribal Consultation, it is a forum for tribes, tribal program staff, and tribal stakeholders to engage and be made aware of the programs and services DES provides. If tribes are interested in a Tribal Consultation, please contact the Tribal Relations Manager; contact information is at the bottom of this notice.

Important Note: To self-select a specific Breakout Room during the Forum, YOU MUST HAVE either:

  • -Zoom Desktop client or the mobile app: version 5.3.0 or higher, or
  • -Zoom Chrome OS: version 5.0.0 (4241.1207) or higher.

If not, we will have to manually move you into the break-out room, which can take time away from your session. Please consult your technology department or manager to ensure you have the correct version of Zoom.

Questions or comments can be sent to Jocelyn Beard, DES Tribal Relations Manager, at or 480-431-5473.

Next Tribal Informational Forum: April 24, 2024 (Virtual)

Go to to reserve your free tickets. Tickets are limited.

Important Disclaimer: The foregoing is publicly available information about upcoming events, resources, and reminders from third-party organizations. In some cases, AzEIP has included links to other websites that are not owned or controlled in any way by AzEIP, but that contain additional information about the events, resources or reminders. By clicking on any of the links above, you agree to be directed to the external website and you acknowledge and agree that AzEIP shall not be held responsible or accountable for any information contained on such site. Please note that AzEIP does not monitor any of the websites linked herein and does not endorse or approve any information posted on any such sites.


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