Program Guidelines

An Integrated Stage-Based Framework for Implementation of Early Childhood Programs and Systems
This research brief introduces implementation frameworks and promising practices in implementation science with the aim of facilitating their use in early care and education.
Authors: Allison Metz, Sandra F. Naoom, Tamara Halle, and Leah Bartley
Publication Date: May 2015
Publisher: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Arizona Early Intervention Program Policy Manual
These revised policies are intended for ADES/AzEIP personnel, AzEIP service providing agencies including all employees, contractors, subcontractors, and volunteers and designates the Arizona Early Intervention Program (AzEIP) to carry out the functions and activities of administering the Part C system.
Publication Date: April 2022
Publisher: Department of Economic Security

Arizona Early Intervention Program Procedure Manual
These revised procedures are intended for ADES/AzEIP personnel, AzEIP service providing agencies including all employees, contractors, subcontractors, and volunteers. It covers a general overview, general supervision, early intervention services, transition, financial matters, comprehensive system of personnel development, and procedural safeguards.
Publication Date: April 2022
Publisher: Department of Economic Security

Arizona Early Learning Standards
These Standards provide a framework for the planning of quality learning experiences for all children three to five years of age. The standards cover a broad range of skill development and provide a useful instructional foundation for children from diverse backgrounds and with diverse abilities.
Publication Date: May 2018
Publisher: Arizona Department of Education

Arizona’s School Readiness Framework
This framework encourages collaboration between services and the numerous parts of the early childhood system. It reflects the purpose of identifying readiness and builds on the state’s efforts to establish a system in which all children have access to quality experiences leading to school success.
Publication Date: 2015
Publisher: Arizona Department of Education

Data Collection and Use in Early Childhood Education Programs: Evidence from the Northeast Region
The purpose of this study was to learn more about the data that preschool administrators and teachers collect and how they use those data. The analyses highlight some factors to consider when making program decisions based on available data.
Authors: Jacqueline Zweig, Clare Irwin, Janna Fuccillo Kook, and Josh Cox
Publication Date: April 2015
Publisher: Institute of Education Sciences

DEC Recommended Practices
The DEC Recommended Practices highlight those practices specifically known to promote the outcomes of young children who have or are at risk for developmental delays/disabilities and to support their families in accordance with the DEC/NAEYC 2009 position statement on early childhood inclusion.
Publication Date: April 2014
Publisher: Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children

ECQUIP Early Childhood Quality Improvement Practices Standards and Rubric for Program Assessment
ECQUIP is a guide for programs when planning for continuous quality improvement. It provides a framework for implementing quality practices. ADE outlines guidance for conducting an ECQUIP process, but the design of each program's ECQUIP self-assessment is left to the local administration, based on local needs.
Publication Date: January 2017
Publisher: Arizona Department of Education, Early Childhood Education

Help for the Early Learning Professional 2.0
This resource manual provides comprehensive information on early childhood special education processes from Child Find and Early Intervention Transitions to Transition to School-Aged Services.
Publication Date: February 2013
Publisher: Arizona Department of Education, Early Childhood Special Education

Program Guidelines for High Quality Early Education: Birth through Kindergarten
This document is intended to provide guidance by delineating quality and providing a set of indicators that concretely describe what a program will look like when providing high quality early care and education for children birth through age six in Arizona.
Publication Date: January 2017
Publisher: Arizona Department of Education and First Things First

Service Coordination in Early Intervention
This position statement acknowledges the importance of early intervention service coordinators and details the knowledge, skills, administrative support, professional development, and resources they need to provide the highest quality services to children and families.
Publication Date: December 2020
Publishers: Division for Early Childhood and IDEA Infant and Toddler Coordinators Association

The Assessment Continuum Guide for Pre-K through 3rd Grade in Arizona
This document is intended as a resource for all administrators and teachers who use screening measures, environmental assessments, teacher-child interaction assessments, formative assessments, and kindergarten entry assessments.
Publication Date: 2016
Publisher: Arizona Department of Education