Eight-AZ PBS First Things First Registry and College Scholarships FY18

Project: Research project

Project Details

Description

Eight-AZ PBS, a community education outreach department within Arizona State University, will be the administrative home to provide statewide professional development system services including: 1) promoting access to and participation in the Arizona Early Childhood Career and Professional Development Network; 2) implementing the Arizona Early Childhood Workforce Registry; and, 3) administering First Things First College Scholarships for Early Childhood Professionals. Based upon past experiences in implementing statewide professional development initiatives, AZ PBS has the capacity to respond quickly to new projects due to its statewide communications network, ready pool of qualified staff, expertise and experience with technology integration and security and cultural/tribal sensitivity. As a state agency, Arizona State University provides AZ PBS with business infrastructure, policies, procedures and legal support.

To further enhance this capacity AZ PBS will subcontract with Arizona Association for the Education of Young Children (AzAEYC), the state affiliate with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), one of the premier professional organizations representing the early childhood care and education workforce. Through NAEYC AzAEYC has access to national, evidence based professional development resources and a network of leaders through the country. It has statewide coverage through its 4 local affiliates and membership hubs. Combining these strengths, AZ PBS/AzAEYC will meet or exceed all Target Service Units within the grant timelines, including enrollment of 5,000 users in the Registry in fiscal year 2016. During May and June 2015, AZ PBS /AzAEYC will enroll all current TEACH scholars who wish to continue in the new scholarship program, and during the 2016 fiscal year will award a minimum of 932 full-time scholarships for CDA/AA. Outreach to students, community colleges and universities will result in 16 full-time scholarships for the BA degree.

The creation of the Arizona Early Childhood Career and Professional Development Network marks a watershed in Arizonas progress toward a comprehensive system which collects and analyzes workforce data and ensures high quality professional development forArizonas early childhood professionals from entry to advanced levels. AZ PBS will grow the professional development website which houses information and resources on early childhood (birth to age 8) careers, degrees and credentials, as well as ongoing professional development opportunities and guidance documents; the Workforce Registry; and the enrollment portal and database for the FTF College Scholarship program.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date7/1/176/30/18

Funding

  • First Things First : $2,919,975.00

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