Mission: The mission is to improve the well-being of Arizona's children and families through programs that strengthen child care, youth and families.
Programs: Child & adult care food program reimburses family child care providers for the cost of serving nutritious meals and snacks to children in their care. Cacfp also holds annual nutrition workshops. For the year ended june 30, 2014, there were 865 childcare providers who participated in the food program.
healthy families is a community-based multi-disciplinary program which provides support services to families with newborns. For the year ended june 30, 2014, there were a total of 1,853 families served in the healthy families program.
early intervention programs provide home-based intervention services for infants and toddlers who have, or are at risk for development delays. This is achieved through the development and implementation of a comprehensive, coordinated, and community based service delivery system which is family- focused and culturally appropriate. For the year ended june 30, 2014, there were a total of 3,298 children served in the early prevention programs.
provider training and enhancement programs - the arizona infant/toddler institute provides comprehensive training to infant/toddler caregivers at no cost. Training is based on a nationally recognized curriculum. The project more program partners with more than 20 early childhood centers in tucson to help improve quality, enhance early childhood literacy, and increase caregiver capacity to help children learn. Program specialists provide training, assistance and mentoring and also assist centers with certification/licensing. Quality first is arizona's voluntary quality improvement program for early care and education programs serving children birth through age 5. Child care centers receive financial incentives, professional development, access to child care health consultants and coaching.