Arizona PBS Education & Community Impact funding
Local, community and statewide activities are funded by a variety of sources including competitive state and national agency applications as well as philanthropy.
First Things First Statewide Grant(s)
Early Childhood System
- Administrative Home, Arizona Early Childhood Workforce & Professional Development Registry and First Things First College Scholarship Program (azearlychildhood.net). Scholarships for entry level CDA (Child Development Associate) certificate and Associate degrees.
- Administrative Home, PDG (Preschool Development Grant – federal funds awarded to Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) & Arizona Department of Education) College scholarship program for Bachelor degrees and Certification pathways.
First Things First Regional Grants
Early Childhood Community Professional Development
- Cocopah and Yuma Regions – serving all Yuma county. Provide monthly professional development meetings and an annual conference. Host 3 cohorts (teachers, directors, and home visitors) that meet monthly around essential early childhood issues.
- Navajo and Apache Regions – serving all of Navajo and Apache counties. Convene community and higher education partners to host an annual early childhood conference.
Early Childhood Kindergarten Transition
- Colorado River Indian Tribe (CRIT) Region – primarily based in Parker, Arizona. Provide early literacy and social/emotional school readiness skills for four-year-old children who have not been in formal preschool. In tandem, parents and other adults providing care for the children, will participate in early literacy workshops to better understand early brain development, essential elements in learning to read and support their interactions with their children.
Early Childhood Parent Outreach & Awareness
- La Paz/Mohave Region – serving all 11 sub regions (communities) across La Paz and Mohave counties, funded by La Paz/Mohave First Things First Regional Partnership Council. Provide parent resources fairs including community, business, education, and health local services and provide parenting/caregiver support groups and education. Workshops and support groups should include early literacy and kindergarten readiness skills, as well as social/emotional resources and early brain development.
- Yuma Region – serving all Yuma county, funded by Yuma First Things First Regional Partnership Council. Provide early literacy and kindergarten readiness skill workshop series for parents and adults caring for young children. Childcare is provided with educational activities mirroring the themes of adult curriculum.
Corporation for Public Broadcasting/Public Broadcasting System
- Ready to Learn – U.S. Department of Education – targeted zip code 85006 with resources for families, educators and young children including PreK-3 formal, informal and after school settings
- Kern Foundation – national pilot for families with children age 3-4 providing family workshop series for social, emotional and character development skills