Communities of Practice

Please explore and learn more about each community of practice
Building Early Childhood Foundations

Building Early Childhood Foundations

Supporting new early childhood educators about the importance of the development of the whole child, including Developmentally Appropriate Practices.

Linking Leaders

Linking Leaders

Supporting center directors and owners in acquiring strategies to support staff in their professional growth, and in implementing high-quality administrative practices and leadership skills to better serve the most vulnerable children in order to raise the quality of the children’s learning environment.

Executive Functions in Preschoolers

Executive Functions in Preschoolers

Promoting Head Start teachers understandings of the 7 essential skills in Mind in the Making; their relationship to the development of executive functions in children, and improving their development.

Early Learning Connections

Early Learning Connections

Strengthening Teachers’ and Elementary School Principals’ Knowledge About Developmentally Appropriate Practice

A'al Ha-Mascam

A'al Ha-Mascam

Improving Kindergarten Transitions for Tribal Children

Elements

Elements

Improving early childhood teachers’ understanding and use of instructional support for children from infancy to kindergarten.

Inspire Inclusion

Inspire Inclusion

Supporting High Quality Inclusion for Young Children

Language, Literacy and Growing Minds

Language, Literacy and Growing Minds

Increasing Family Childcare Providers’ Knowledge of Language and Literacy Development in Young Children

Las Familias

Las Familias

Implementing developmentally appropriate practices in all early childhood classrooms

Pascua Yaqui Inspire Inclusion

Pascua Yaqui Inspire Inclusion

Increasing early childhood professionals’ knowledge to support high quality inclusive classrooms for young Pascua Yaqui children with special needs.

Pascua Yaqui – The Story Project

Pascua Yaqui – The Story Project

Increasing early childhood educators’ knowledge and skills in order to promote emergent literacy and langauage in Pascua Yaqui children.

Project BEST

Project BEST

Building High Quality Infant and Toddler Care and Education

Quality for All

Quality for All

Strengthening principals’ knowledge of early childhood development and learning and acquiring strategies for including all children. This is for principals who have pre-k classrooms in their schools.

Raising Resilience

Raising Resilience

Recognizing the signs and symptoms of trauma in order to support young children in need of on-going and additional social-emotional supports.

STEAMAZING

STEAMAZING

Providing developmentally appropriate practice for engaging our youngest learners, using science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Time will also be spent on building rich and deep connections to other subject areas.

The Story Project

The Story Project

Promoting Emergent Literacy and Language in Family Childcare Homes

UA College of Education

UA College of Education

Increasing Early Childhood Degree Program Completion

Meet our team

Please contact any of these individuals if you have any questions
Naomi Karp

Naomi Karp

Senior Director, Early Childhood Professional Development

nkarp@unitedwaytucson.org
520.903.3951

Silvia Salcido

Silvia Salcido

Director, Early Childhood Professional Development

ssalcido@unitedwaytucson.org
520.903.3980

Katy Gross

Katy Gross

Senior Program Manager

kgross@unitedwaytucson.org
520.903.3958

Domonique Willock

Domonique Willock

Administrative Assistant

dwillock@unitedwaytucson.org

Success Stories

Please read about our examples of success throughout our program
STEAMazing

STEAMazing

Science Fair Showcase

Both of cohorts did an outstanding job on their presentations. Coordinators are so proud of each and every one of them. There was such a variety of projects with many topics ranging from weather to farm animals. Coordinators had a great time celebrating members success.

Belinda Fendenheim

Belinda Fendenheim

Tohono O’odham Community College

Community of Practice Member Belinda Fendenheim was chosen as Champion for Young Children by First Things First. Belinda Fendenheim is also a 2019 Early Childhood Education Graduate from the Tohono O’odham Community College.

Pima Community College

Pima Community College

2018-2019 Early Childhood Education Graduates

AAS Early Childhood Studies degree:  33
AA Early Childhood Education degree: 5
AA Elementary Education degree: 12
Early Childhood Certificates:  33

University of Arizona College of Education

University of Arizona College of Education

2018-2019 Early Childhood Education Graduates

Undergraduate: 21  
MA Early Childhood Education: 6
PhD Early Childhood Education : 3

Get in Touch

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Find us at the office

330 N Commerce Park Loop #200, Tucson, AZ 85745

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Naomi Karp (520) 903-9000 Mon - Fri, 8:00-5:00

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