As a childcare provider, you are an important part of the life of the infants and toddlers in your care. The moments they share with you will make a lasting impression on all aspects of their development. 

You are helping children develop intellectually, physically and emotionally and helping lay the groundwork for all future development. We offer childcare training and support programs to childcare providers throughout Arizona. These services includes workshops, technical assistance, and the latest research on how best to care, nurture and support the positive growth and development of young children.


Visit the Child Care Resource & Referral - ARIZONA Early Childhood Bulletin to find a comprehensive list of trainings across the state. 



Infants & Toddlers

Arizona Infant/Toddler Institute (AITI)

AITI offers a variety of 3.5 and 7 hours of professional development based on nationally recognized curriculum and best practice for professionals that care for infants and toddlers.

English and Spanish

Languages
Curriculum 

Program for Infant and Toddler Care’s (PITC) Philosophy and Essential Policies

Sample Topics
  • Laying the Foundation 
  • Bathing Children in Language
  • Being in Tune
  • The Power of Culture
  • Establishing the Need for Quality 
Cost

No cost to you

Locations

Statewide, please check class schedule for locations

Times

Various, please check class schedules

Credits

Comply with DHS R9-5-403 (Infant/toddler training hours requirement)

Benefits
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Lakeshore gift card or other educational resources
  • Free technical assistance
  • Meet DES and DHS rules and regulations for professional development 
Register

Call 1-877-733-1270, visit AITI Training or email AITI


Project Best

College level coursework and individualized coaching to center-based and family childcare providers. This program focuses on meeting the fundamental needs of infants and toddlers in group care settings through six essential program policies: primary care; small groups; continuity of care; individualized schedules and routines; inclusion; and cultural sensitivity and responsiveness. 

Languages

English

Curriculum

Program for Infant/Toddler Care Partners for Quality 

Sample topics
  • Early Brain Development
  • Socialization & Guidance
  • Social Emotional Milestones
  • Environments
  • Temperaments
  • Inclusion of Children with Special Needs
  • Discoveries of Infancy
  • Language, Communication, & Culture
Cost

No cost to you

Locations

Classes will be held at different locations to serve both First Things First Pima Regions

Times

Enrollment begins early July.  Classes will meet WEEKLY from September-December and January-April.  Sessions will begin at 6:30 pm and end at 9:00 pm.

Participants MUST commit to a full year of attendance which includes 64 hours of professional development, individual coaching hours, reflective journaling, and homework assignments

Credits

Participants may elect to receive 6 college credit hours upon successful completion of this program

Benefits
  • One-year membership to National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Meeting with national experts
Register

Call (520) 323-4282 or email Project Best


School Age &
Out of School Time 

SEEDS - Statewide Enrichment & Educational Development System

The SEEDS program provides professional development opportunities and technical assistance for center and home-based childcare providers throughout the state of Arizona. Technical assistance offered at no cost to participants. SEEDS offers a variety of nationally recognized, evidence-based curriculum and best practices. 

Languages

English and Spanish

Curriculum

SEEDS offers curriculum from a variety of nationally recognized programs, including

  • Teaching Strategies for Early Childhood
  • Family Development Resources, Inc.
  • Channing Bete
  • Nurtured Heart Approach
  • Caring for Children in School-Age Programs
  • Hearts of Kindness Program 
Sample Topics
  • Creating and Maintaining a Safe Environment
  • Promoting Physical Development
  • Fostering Self-Esteem
  • Promoting Health and Wellness in School-Age Programs
Cost

No cost to you

Locations

Statewide, please check class schedule for locations

Times

Various, please check the SEEDS Class page

Credits

2-3 clock hours for each workshop

Benefits

Early Education Specialists offer up to 12 hours of Technical Assistance per site

Register

Visit SEEDS, call (520) 320-2204 or email SEEDS


Health & Safety

Child Care Resource & Referral Professional Development Program (CCR&R)

CCR&R provides a wide variety of professional development opportunities for center and home-based childcare providers throughout the state of Arizona. CCR&R partners with the Arizona Child Care Association to offer a Health & Safety training series over the course of two days, for a total of 12 hours of professional development, for childcare professionals or those interested in joining the early childhood profession, to will receive an orientation or a refresher course in health, safety and child development. CCR&R also offers workshops on a wide range of early care and education topics

Language

English and Spanish

Curriculum

Variety of best practice and evidence based curriculum

Sample Topics
  • Infectious Disease Control
  •  Prevention of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
  • Administration of Medication
  • Prevention of/ Response to Food and Allergic Reactions
  • Building and Physical Premises Safety
  • Prevention of Shaken Baby Syndrome and Abusive Head Trauma; Child Abuse Reporting
  • Emergency Preparedness and Response Planning
  • Handling and Storage of Hazardous Materials and Disposal of Bio Contaminants
  • Transporting Children
  • CPR/ First Aid
Cost

No cost to you

Locations

Statewide, please check class schedule for locations

Times

Various, please check the CCR&R professional development page

Credits

Hours receive vary by topic and trainers. Trainings are offered in 2 hour or 8 hour formats.

Benefits

Meeting Health & Safety requirements to be a licensed or certified family childcare professional and/or annual training requirements per licensing or certification rules and regulations

Register

Visit CCR&R