Through the ASSP, each early care and education program evaluates its strengths and areas needing improvement using self-study materials. Each program identifies areas of change and creates specific program goals based on the results of their self-evaluation. Assistance is provided to the programs that choose to pursue national accreditation.
The ASSP is funded by the Arizona Department of Economic Security Child Care Administration.
- Self-study materials
- Training in the use of the self-study materials
- On-site visits for guidance and support
- Monthly phone consults
- Access to resource and video lending library
- Arrangements for and provision of training and technical assistance
- Opportunities to network with other programs
- Annual training meeting
Grants to assist programs pay for accreditation fees, classroom materials, minor facility changes and professional development may be available.
- Progress through the self-study using a timeline and action plan
- Communicate progress, issues and technical assistance needs
- Attend the Fall and Spring Training Meetings
- Have on-site visits completed with the ASSP staff
- Complete a year-end evaluation
- Share the accreditation decision with ASSP staff
- Comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act
All early care and education programs that are licensed or certified by the Department of Health Services/Office of Child Care Licensure or the Arizona Department of Economic Security/Child Care Administration are eligible to participate if they have a DES subsidy contract and have children who get DES subsidies enrolled in the program.
To apply for the Arizona Self-Study Project, click here. Instructions for application submission are contained on the application form.
Contact the Arizona Self-Study Project:
480-829-0500 x 1202 (Maricopa County)
800-535-4599 x 1202 (Toll Free)