United Way of Tucson & Southern Arizona

Great Expectations for Teachers, Children, and Families

Building High Quality Family Childcare

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Name of CoP
¡Muévete, Muévete! Community of Practice – Building high quality family child care.

Goal
The goal of this community of practice is to provide home child care providers an opportunity to learn in a social environment about developmentally appropriate practices in movement, nutrition, and health for young children.

Philosophy
In ¡Muévete, Muévete! we model a blend of educational approaches (including Montessori, High/Scope, and Reggio Emilia) that stress the importance of social interaction and modeling for learning.  We believe that educational opportunities are best when we learn from each other and are able to directly put concepts learned into practice.  We explore developmentally appropriate practices in movement and nutrition through interactive group activities and discussion.  We share practical solutions for common problems and offer many take-home ideas and resources to increase active play with the children you care for.  Professionalism and strengthening family relationships are also addressed throughout our community of practice meetings.

How to enroll
To become a member you must complete an application and complete the member commitment activity following your first ¡Muévete, Muévete! meeting.  You can complete the application online on this website or by contacting the Community of Practice Coordinator, Nancy Hart (contact information below,) or you can complete an application in person at any of the community practice meetings.  There are two community of practice meeting formats – an option that offers 4 units of Pima Community College credit and a non-credit option that offers a certificate training hours (6 hours of training hours for every 3 sessions attended.)  To obtain the college credit you must enroll in Pima Community College for the following courses: CDA 211 – Small and Large Muscle Development and CDA 173 Ages and Stages of Young Children: The Preschool Years. Please contact the Community of Practice Coordinator for further information to enroll in the college credit option for ¡Muévete, Muévete!

When and where classes/sessions are held

Length & Times Location Language of Instruction
M2* Region 1: North Pima Morning for 2 hours9am – 11am Pima Community College, Northwest Campus7600 N. Shannon RoadPlease call ahead for room location. English
M2* Region 2:Pascua Yaqui Tribe Evening for 2 hours5:30pm – 7:30pm Housing Warehouse Authority Building4781 W. Calle TorimConference Room Bilingual: English/Spanish
M2* Region 3:South Pima Evening for 2 hours6:00pm – 8:00pm Pima Community College,Desert Vista Campus5901 S. Calle Santa CruzOcotillo Room Spanish
M2* College Credit Option ½ Day for (4 hours)9am – 1:00pm Ocotillo Early Learning Center5702 S. Campbell AvenueCenter’s Library English

*M2 = ¡Muévete, Muévete!

Start/End General Day of Month Dates Facilitator
M2* Region 1 – North Pima (Certificate Training Hours Option) August 2013/ June 2014 4th Saturday of month August 24, September 28, December – TBD, January 25, February 22, March 22, April 26, May 17, June TBD Patricia Montijo
M2* Region 2 – Pascua Yaqui Tribe (Certificate Training Hours Option) August 2013/ June 2014 4th Tuesday of month August 27, September 24, October 22, November 19, December TBD, January 28, February 25,March – no session, April 29,May 20 Nancy Hart
M2* Region 3 – South Pima (Certificate Training Hours Option) August 2013/ June 2014 1st Tuesday of month August 6, September 3, October 1, November 5, December TBD, January 7, February 4, March, 4, April 1, May 6, June TBD Maricruz Ruiz
M2 * College Credit Option September 2013/ December 2013 7 Saturdays September 7, September 21, October 5, October 19, November 2, November 16, December 7 Nancy HartPCC** Instructor: Linda Velasquez, MA

*M2 = ¡Muévete, Muévete!

Requirements
To become a member you must provide care for young children in your home.  You do not need to be licensed.  Family home, group home, private child care, and family, neighbor care providers are all accepted.  Members must complete an application for membership and a commitment agreement. The commitment agreement is to acknowledge and accept the terms to participate in the community of practice including attending 6 of the 9 sessions and one celebration event.  New members are welcome.  Space is limited to 25 members in each region.

Members seeking to obtain certificate training hours must attend three sessions to obtain a 6-hour training certificate.  Certificates will not be offered for partial attendance.

Members participating in the ¡Muévete, Muévete! college credit option must enroll with Pima Community College and follow the admission requirements.  Members interested in this option are encouraged to complete an application for the Pathways Scholarship and First Things First REWARD$ programs.  Members in the college credit course must agree to the terms outlined in the course syllabus that includes attending all scheduled class, completing assigned readings, quizzes, assignments and a special project.

Contact information
Joey Trimble, Community of Practice Coordinator
jtribmle@unitedwaytucson.org, 520-903-3999