United Way of Tucson & Southern Arizona

Great Expectations for Teachers, Children, and Families

Raising the Quality of Early Childhood Environments


Name of CoP
Early Childhood Development Group – Linking Leaders

Linking Leaders links center owners, directors and teachers who serve the most vulnerable children to resources and information that raise the quality of the children’s environments.

Linking Leaders incorporates developmentally appropriate practices into all coaching and mentoring events.  Linking Leaders believes that owners, directors and teachers that are connected to resources and other professionals will be more effective teachers and administrators.

How to enroll
Childcare centers are enrolled by the owner/director. Centers must not be receiving Quality First services. College credit opportunities are offered to all cohort members at least once a year. Members are encouraged to apply for college scholarships through a variety of sources.

When and where classes/sessions are held
Coursework is held at member centers and is typically offered in both the Southwest and Southeast sections of Tucson.

Contact information

Teresa Bayze at teresa@azecdg.org

Kathy Steele at kathy@azecdg.org

Bill Berk at bill@azecdg.org