United Way of Tucson & Southern Arizona

Great Expectations for Teachers, Children, and Families

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


vailCoP Name

Early Learning Connections

CoP Focus

Expanding early childhood teachers’, elementary school principals’ and other administrators’ skills and knowledge about developmentally appropriate practice, transition to kindergarten and how young children learn. We will work form the book by Erika Christakis, “The importance of Being Little.” Participants will journal their thoughts and reflections on how this learning will change and improve their practice. Participants will answer reflective questions on how this information impacts their practice and at the end of each chapter they will answer questions.  We will meet with Principals at least quarterly for a collaborative session and discussion about the transition to kindergarten for preschool children.  Principals and participants will work together to develop a common language and understanding of developmentally appropriate practice.

Contact Information

Linda Kubiak

kubiakl@vail.k12.az.us