OUR MISSION: OUR CHILDREN’S SUCCESS
We believe all young children should thrive and learn in a society dedicated to ensuring they reach their full potential. The Southern Arizona Association for the Education of Young Children promotes high-quality early learning for all children, birth through age 8, by connecting practice, policy and research. We advance a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children.
WHAT WE DO
SAZAEYC works to support high-quality education for children and high-quality professional development for its members. We are your local affiliate with the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
- The SAZAEYC Annual Conference, held each fall at the University of Arizona, offers 8 hours
of high-quality professional development for early childhood educators and professionals.
- The SAZAEYC Annual Awards Brunch, held each spring, honors and supports individuals in
the Southern Arizona community who have been leaders and advocates on behalf of children,
families, and early childhood educators through awarding the SAZAEYC Early Childhood Awards.
- SAZAEYC collaborates with statewide partners to organize an Arizona Public Policy Forum
each February. This event helps early childhood advocates develop advocacy skills, learn how
to tell their stories, and make their voices heard for children. Participants meet with and get
advice from policy leaders and community experts, explore local/state resources, and refine
their skills to be informed and effective advocates for the Early Childhood Day at the Capitol
following the forum in the same month.
- SAZAEYC participates in Week of the Young Child® each April, an annual celebration
sponsored by the NAEYC with a purpose to focus public attention on the needs of young
children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet
those needs. We plan a local fun-filled week celebrating young children and their families with
hands-on, collaborative activities encouraging movement and healthy lifestyles through music,
food, and art.
- Social Events, including quarterly happy hours.
- Las Familias: Whole Teacher, Whole Child Community Of Practice
- Join monthly discussion groups, visit other schools, and refine your practice.
- College credit
VALUES AND BELIEFS
Our core values are defined in the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct / El Código de Conducta Ética y Declaración de Compromiso and the NAEYC statement on Advancing Equity in Early Childhood Education / Promover la Equidad en la Educación Infantil. In addition, we seek to be a high-performing, inclusive organization that is enriched by and continually grows from our commitment to diversity, as embodied by our core beliefs. We strive to uphold these values and beliefs in all our initiatives within this document and our interactions in the communities we serve. See our Diversity and Non-discrimination Policy here.