United Way of Tucson & Southern Arizona

Great Expectations for Teachers, Children, and Families

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.





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Description –This is a community of practice (CoP) of professionals who work in early care and education environments serving birth through 5 years in Rural Pima North areas.  This CoP focuses on providing high-quality professional development for educators to engage and empower their students with authentic, relevant, and developmentally appropriate learning opportunities while cultivating STEAM minds.

Learning Goals

Texts & Resources:

Big Questions for Young Minds-Extending Children’s Thinking by Janis Strasser & Lisa Mufson Bresson

Arizona Early Learning Standards

Arizona Infant and Toddler Developmental Guidelines

Developmentally Appropriate Practice for Early Childhood Programs: Serving Children from Birth through age 8 by Carol Copple & Sue Bredekamp

Mind in the Making by Ellen Galinsky

Habits of a Systems Thinker by Waters Foundation

Program Guidelines for High Quality Early Education: Birth through Kindergarten

Attendance & Participation- Participants are expected to attend all 10 class sessions. Please notify coordinator if unable to attend. Active participation is required when doing class related work, discussion and/or activities.

Contact information

Coordinators:  Amanda McPherson & Carmen Barnes

Phone: 520-664-4366 & 832-585-3503

Email: admdes@comcast.net & carmenbarnes@yahoo.com

Location: United Way, 330 N. Commerce Park Loop #200

Meeting Days:

English- 2nd Monday of every month (August-May)

Spanish- 3rd Monday of every month (August-May)

Meeting Times:

6:00pm- 8:30pm