Program Guidelines

Administrator Essentials: Creating Policies and Procedures That Support Recommended Practices in Early Interventions/Early Childhood Special Education
This is a checklist that will give administrators specific direction in supporting early childhood practices for supporting young children with disabilities and their parents.
Author: Barbara Smith
Publication Date: December 2000
Publisher: Vanderbilt University

Alignment of Teaching Strategies GOLD Objectives for Development & Learning Birth through Kindergarten with Arizona State Early Learning Standards
This document aligns the standards, strands, and concepts in the Arizona Early Learning Standards with the objectives, dimensions, and indicators of the Teaching Strategies GOLD assessment system.
Publication Date: April 2010
Publisher: Arizona Department of Education

An Integrated Stage-Based Framework for Implementation of Early Childhood Programs and Systems
This research brief provides an introduction to implementation frameworks and promising practices in implementation science with the aim of facilitating their use in early care and education.
Authors: Allison Metz, Sandra F. Naoom, Tamara Halle, and Leah Bartley 
Publication Date: May 2015
Publisher: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Arizona Early Learning Standards
These Standards provide a framework for the planning of quality learning experiences for all children three to five years of age. The standards cover a broad range of skill development and provide a useful instructional foundation for children from diverse backgrounds and with diverse abilities. 
Publication Date: May 2018
Publisher: Arizona Department of Education

Arizona’s Infant and Toddler Developmental Guidelines
These guidelines describe expectations about what infants and toddlers should know and do across multiple domains of development during specific age ranges, as well as what adults can do to support children’s optimal learning and development.
Publisher: Arizona Department of Education

Arizona’s School Readiness Framework
This framework encourages collaboration between services and the numerous parts of the early childhood system. It reflects the purpose of identifying readiness and builds on the state’s efforts to establish a system in which all children have access to quality experiences leading to school success.
Publication Date: 2015
Publisher: Arizona Department of Education

Data Collection and Use in Early Childhood Education Programs: Evidence from the Northeast Region
This study explores how early childhood education programs are collecting and using data, how they would like to use data, how they could use the data that they have, and the challenges they face in these efforts.
Authors: Jacqueline Zweig, Clare W. Irwin, Janna Fuccillo Kook, and Josh Cox
Publication Date: April 2015
Publisher: Institute of Education Sciences

Early Literacy: Policy and Practice in the Preschool Years
This report synthesizes the body of professional knowledge about early literacy and offers research-based recommendations.
Authors: Dorothy Strickland and Shannon Riley-Ayers
Publication Date: April 2006
Publisher: National Institute for Early Education Research

This information defines eligibility for supports and services for children with developmental delay or having a condition which has a high probability of resulting in a developmental delay as defined by the state of Arizona.
Publisher: Arizona Department of Economic Security

ESSentials LogoESSentials: Positive School Culture/Climate
This resource explains the benefits of developing a positive school culture, includes National School Culture Standards, and features a demonstration video from Arizona’s Villa Montessori Charter School.
Publication Date: May 2015
Publisher: Arizona Department of Education, Exceptional Student Services

Framework for Developing Evidence-Based Early Literacy Learning Practices
A research-to-practice framework is described for organizing available research evidence and using this evidence to develop literacy learning practice guides and tool kits. 
Authors: Carl J. Dunst, Carol M. Trivette, Tracy Masiello, Nicole Roper, and Anya Robyak
Publication Date: 2006
Publisher: Center for Early Learning Literacy

Help for the Early Learning Professional 2.0
This resource manual provides comprehensive information on early childhood special education processes from Child Find and Early Intervention Transitions to Transition to School-Aged Services.
Publication Date: February 2013
Publisher: Arizona Department of Education, Early Childhood Special Education

How to Choose a Social-Emotional Curriculum
This document offers guidance on how to choose a social emotional curriculum that will best meet your needs in providing a structure and focus that will promote this fundamentally important domain of development.
Publisher: Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning

Program Assessment / Early Childhood Quality Improvement Practices Process (ECQUIP)
This guide outlines a process for planning and self-assessing continuous quality improvement and provides a framework for implementing quality practices.
Publisher: Arizona Department of Education, Early Childhood Education

Quality Indicators of Inclusive Early Childhood Programs/Practices
This document is a compilation of resources covering quality inclusion practice considerations, classroom observation rating tools, individual child focused considerations, collaborative inclusion practices, and the Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS). 
Publication Date: September 2010
Publisher: National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center

Response to Intervention and the Disproportionate Representation of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students in Special Education
This article discusses special challenges to early childhood educators who work with children and families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Publisher: National Center for Learning Disabilities

Service Coordination in Early Intervention
This position statement acknowledges the importance of early intervention service coordinators and details the knowledge, skills, administrative support, professional development, and resources they need to provide the highest quality services to children and families.
Publication Date: December 2020
Publishers: Division for Early Childhood and IDEA Infant & Toddler Coordinators Association

The Assessment Continuum Guide for Pre-K through 3rd Grade in Arizona
This document is intended as a resource for all administrators and teachers who use screening measures, environmental assessments, teacher-child interaction assessments, formative assessments, and Kindergarten entry assessments (KEA).
Revised: 2016
Publisher: Arizona Department of Education

Working With Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Families
This article includes effective practices for early childhood educators working with children and families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Publisher: National Center for Learning Disabilities