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Program Updates

News for Quality First participants.

Our approach to achieving quality is constantly evolving. This means we occasionally make updates to Quality First along the way. As a current participant, you can keep up with program-wide updates, explore helpful tools, or even rewatch meetings you may have missed—it’s all here to help our participants succeed.

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Preschool Development Grant- application now open

In December 2022, Arizona was awarded the Preschool Development Grant Birth-5 (PDG B5) Renewal Grant. This is a 3-year grant with a total of $42 million in funding. Grant initiatives include increasing access to high-quality early learning programs for children Birth-5 years old, building early childhood educator capacity, supporting family engagement, and increasing inclusive settings

Informal Assessment Request Form

Informal Assessment is available to all regulated Arizona child care providers. Informal assessment provides you with valuable feedback while keeping the pressure low. You choose the classroom, timeframe, and assessment tool, making it as convenient as possible for you! Please submit the form below and an assessor will contact you to schedule your assessment.

Levels of Support Handouts

One major focus of Quality Fist is offering three levels of support to participants. These levels of support provide a different level of assistance based on the needs of your program. You’ll be placed in a level based on your star rating and quality improvement needs. Learn more about each level and download the handouts.

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Participation in Quality First is free. Apply now to get the support you need to make your program the best it can be.

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