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Quality First supports record number of quality child care and preschool programs

Quality First supports record number of quality child care and preschool programs

by Expect More Arizona

Three-quarters of the more than 1,000 child care and preschool programs that participate in Quality First, Arizona’s quality improvement and rating system for early learning programs, have earned ratings that meet or exceed quality standards. First Things First created Quality First as a statewide initiative to partner with child care and preschool providers to improve …

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Governor’s Budget Acknowledges Need for Investments from Early Years Through Career

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Something for Everyone Governor Ducey’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2020 (FY20, July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020) includes important investments in all of education, including early childhood education, K-12 and postsecondary. He continues to follow through on his commitment to increase teacher pay 20 percent by 2020 and restore district and charter additional …

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Read On Prescott preparing students to have the literacy skills needed to succeed

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Third grade students in Prescott are already reading above the state average level. Knowing this, and examining countless other data points, helped the team at Read On Prescott to better understand where they are and where they need to go to create success in both their schools and their community. Read On Prescott is a …

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Using the Arizona Education Progress Meter to improve early literacy in Flagstaff

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LAUNCH Flagstaff was created to improve educational outcomes for local students. LAUNCH (Learn, Advocate, Unite, Network, Contribute, Help) is working toward improving five key metrics, including: kindergarten readiness, third-grade reading, eighth-grade math, high school graduation and postsecondary attainment. It’s no mistake that these focus areas are aligned with the Arizona Education Progress Meter – the …

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Born to Learn AZ emphasizing the importance of quality early learning

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The first five years of a child’s life are incomparably formative. These years account for 90 percent of brain development and have a significant impact on a child’s future. That’s why the Arizona Early Childhood Funders Collaborative—an initiative of Arizona Grantmakers Forum—created Born to Learn AZ. The videos, toolkit and other resources will help inform …

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