United Way of Tucson & Southern Arizona

Great Expectations for Teachers, Children, and Families

Strengthening Developmentally Appropriate Practices in all Early Childhood Classrooms


Name of CoP
The SAzAEYC Community of Practice: Las Familias

The goal of Las Familias is to deepen the understanding of early childhood educators and directors from Central, South, and North Pima County regions in their work with children utilizing evidence- based developmentally appropriate practices.


We believe every child deserves:

  1. Beautiful and rich environments.
  2. Caring and knowledgeable teachers.
  3. Real experiences to enhance the construction of new knowledge.
  4. Challenging and achievable goals.

We believe professional early childhood teachers:

  1. Are intentional and thoughtful decision makers.
  2. Make purposeful decisions about planning and implementation of curriculum.
  3. Work to create harmonious communities of learners.
  4. Strive to provide care and education of high quality every day.
  5. Participate in ongoing professional development.
  6. Use authentic assessment measures to support each child’s growth and success.
  7. Recognize the importance of the family’s role in every child’s success and include them.
  8. Support opportunities for children to play and work together in groups they form themselves.
  9. Use research to inform their practice.
  10. Collaborate with other professional educators to share and build a strong system of early childhood education.

Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs 3rd Edition
Carol Copple and Sue Bredekamp, Editors

To learn more about our cohort and our philosophy, please join our mailing list. Write to sarahwoodworth1@gmail.com to be added.

How to enroll
Enrollment for the 2015-2016 grant year will begin the Great Expectations Kick-off Event.

Las Familias selects members based on our grant requirements:

  1. 15 applicants interested in earning college credit.
  2. 15 applicants interested in attending without college credit.
  3. A total of 30 early childhood educators and directors from Pima North and South County regions.
  4. Early childhood educators working directly with children and directors from the same programs or students enrolled in an ECE program.
  5. Applicants who are able to commit to attending all meetings.

When and where classes/sessions are held

We hold monthly meetings at preschools across the two regions.

Contact information

Sarah Woodworth, Julia Butler and Kelly Larkin at sarahwoodworth1@gmail.com