The Arizona Early Childhood Career and Professional Development Network (Network) is an integrated early childhood professional development system designed to meet the professional development needs of ALL Arizona early childhood professionals from entry to advanced levels while promoting high quality professional development. It is the result of statewide collaborative efforts among several Arizona early childhood stakeholders convened by First Things First in partnership with the Arizona BUILD Initiative.
The PD website connects early childhood practitioners and others interested in the field with information and resources to advance their careers. The PD website provides access to a variety of professional development resources such as:
the Arizona Early Childhood Workforce Registry (the Registry)
system documents such as the Workforce Knowledge and Competency Framework, the Professional Development Instructor and Technical Assistance Provider Standards, and child and program-level standards
information about various career and educational pathways
information about institutes of higher education
opportunities for community-based professional development
The Arizona Early Childhood Workforce Registry (the Registry) is a critical component of the Arizona Early Childhood Career and Professional Development Network (the Network) and provides you a place to:
Create a confidential personal online profile that can be accessed and updated 24/7 and always ready to apply to a professional resume
Track early childhood experience and work experience, education, and professional development hours that will be calculated into a lattice level
Search and register for professional development opportunities anywhere in the state
Maintain a running record of professional development, available as an education and professional development certificate suitable for printing and emailing
Apply for program administrator access to assist with program management, and;
Apply to become a professional development instructor to register participants and track professional development offerings
Find and register for training and professional development opportunities near you; many are available online
Search by topic, instructor and location
Manage your career profile and share your qualifications with potential employers
Keep a record of your training and credentials in one place that is easy to update
Identify your strengths and those early childhood topic areas you need to build on and;
Access First Things First College Scholarships to take college classes toward a degree or credential in early childhood, now only available through the Registry
For PD Instructors
Market your classes to a large, interested audience
Include your bio/professional profile
Search by instructor, topic and location
Take advantage of online registration and event management tools
See a roster of those registered for your class
Push notifications to registered participants, and;
Track attendance, making reporting easier
Find and register for classes and trainings, by topic area, to fulfill annual licensing requirements
Conveniently track and store staff qualifications information: professional development, work experience and employment history
Access First Things First College Scholarships; (formerly T.E.A.C.H. and PCPP, now only available through the Registry)
Assess job applications more efficiently
For State Departments
Document required licensing information for professionals including background check date, latest completion of required professional development opportunities, high school diploma/GED® and administrative requirements
Ability to verify information electronically
Reduces time, cost, and the administrative burden on licensing specialists, allowing them to focus more on the health and safety of programs while on site
Track and report specialized professional development requirements for specific programs and systems
Provide comprehensive workforce information for policy decisions, regardless of program, employer, etc., and;
Allow state sponsored programs to identify qualified programs and professional development providers. In addition, the system tracks specific professional development attendance and the professional development needs of their targeted population
For the Early Childhood and Afterschool Fields
Comprehensive data to advocate for policy improvements that may include higher salaries, greater retention, and increased education and qualifications across the field
Updated professional development opportunities
Information on early childhood degree programs (2 year and 4 year)
Increased quality assurances for the field (i.e. PD Instructor and TA Provider approval)
Provides a one-point access for professional development delivered by multiple agencies/entities, and;
Market professional development according to the professional level (entry-master level)
The Lattice provides a common system for all Arizona EC professionals to document and quantify their professional growth and accomplishments. It is meant for use by Early Childhood (EC) professionals working directly with or on behalf of children birth through age 8 and their families to support a highly competent EC workforce. Formal education, professional development, work experience, and specialized credentials and certifications are identified at each level of the lattice. It can be used by EC professionals as a tool for individualized assessment and setting professional development goals.
The Registry is currently managed by Arizona PBS through a grant from First Things First. These professionals are guided by best practices including technology and data confidentiality policies. Personal information entered into the Arizona Registry will not be sold or shared without your permission; registry data may be reported as statistical data. Your record belongs to you and is password protected.
You will create your account by clicking the �Register Now� link. This will take you through a step-by-step process of entering your personal, employment, and demographic information. After you submit your application, you will receive an email to verify your email address. The email will also describe additional steps and documentation needed, so that we may verify your information.
Yes. If you joined the Arizona Early Childhood Workforce Registry and you do not have a high school diploma or GED®, a lattice level cannot be calculated. However, you may still be an active registry member and access the many resources and professional development opportunities available to every registered early childhood professional in Arizona.
Once you sign up, a welcome email is sent to the email address you provided. Included in the e-mail will be your username, password, and a link to verify your email address.
Click on the link or copy and paste the link into the address line on your browser.
When you see the Registry login screen, enter your user name and password to access your account. Enter all of your early childhood experience, afterschool and/or primary education employment history in your Arizona Registry profile, under "My Employment History."
Send us documentation to ensure accurate information about your college education and professional development hours. Click here for information about submitting documentation.
You may enter current and past early childhood employment held in the state of Arizona. You may only enter one current early childhood employer. To access your employment information, go to My Employment History under My Tools & Settings. You will then click on "Add a New Employment Record" and follow the process to add a new current job or past job. You may search for your employer by name or numbers from the address.
For high school graduation or high school equivalency, submit copies of high school diploma or transcript or GED® certificate. If you joined the Arizona Early Childhood Workforce Registry and you do not have a high school diploma or GED®, you will not be assigned a lattice level. However, you may still be an active Registry member and access the many resources and professional development opportunities available to every registered early childhood professional in Arizona.
For a degree and/or college class to be in Early Childhood Education, (ECE), the focus of the degree/class will be in a branch of education theory which relates to the teaching of young children, birth through 8 years.
The "related" degrees are:
Child and Family Studies
Home Economics/Family and Consumer Sciences
For a college course to be considered "related", the focus of the course must be in ECE.
For a class to be given credit as "related", the class must demonstrate the majority of the learning objectives are in at least one of FTF's eight Knowledge and Competencies areas for birth through age 8:
Child Observation and Assessment
Child Growth and Development
Curriculum and Learning Environment
Family and Community Partnerships
Health, Safety and Nutrition for Children
Reference: Arizona Early Childhood Workforce Knowledge and Competencies, 1st Edition, 2015