Childhood - Early Care & Education Systems

Today, early child care and education (ECE) providers are increasingly recognized as playing a vital role in developing the foundation for lifelong health. To this end, the Arizona Department of Health Services collaborates across state programs such as Empower, Empower PLUS+ 2.0, First Things First, and the AZ Health to support a comprehensive approach to early childhood wellness. The AZ Health Zone’s ECE Systems strategy includes eight activities to further ECE policy, systems and environments (PSEs).

AZ Health Zone Activities for Early Care & Education Systems

  • Empower Policy
  • Learning Collaboratives
  • Staff Development
  • ECE-Based Agriculture
  • Nutrition & Feeding Practices
  • Physical Activity Environment
  • Community Coordination
  • Community Engagement

Evaluation of Early Care & Education Systems

SEEDS. Every year, LIAs report all support provided to partners using the SNAP-Ed Electronic Data System (SEEDS). This helps us to understand what supports are provided.

SARN. Every year LIAs complete the Semi-Annual Report Narrative (SARN), describing their work in words and images. This helps us to understand how and why supports work or encounter challenges.

Go NAPSACC. LIAs become certified TA Consultants and then invite partner ECEs to join Go NAPSACC, which measures early childhood PSEs. Together, Consultants and ECE providers decide which assessment module(s) to use, and LIAs report the support they provide in both the Go NAPSACC and SEEDS systems. The Go NAPSACC doesn’t stop at assessment, but rather it provides comprehensive support to move through a cycle of change. LIAs can work with ECEs to complete a Go NAPSACC module in any year; the SET formally reports progress in FY21, 23, and 25.

If you are looking for evaluation training Powerpoints or Quizzes, proceed to the Trainings page.