Early Childhood Education First Things First Grant Project

Coconino Community College, using funding awarded by the Navajo Nation Regional Partnership Council of First Things First, is expanding the existing Early Childhood Education (ECE) Program at Tuba City High School (TCHS) beginning Fall 2012. The program will prepare participants to complete the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential by the summer following high school graduation. The project will provide scholarships, textbooks, career counseling, academic advising and college placement test preparation to qualified students.


Informational documents and links with more to come:


Early Childhood Workshop

Play: Where Learning Begins

Tuba City High School students from Mrs. Goatcher's Early Childhood Education program demonstrated the use of puppets during a "Play : Where Learning Begins" workshop in Tuba City on April 18th of this year. The students performed a short puppet show that they wrote, designed to demonstrate how puppetry and play can be used as important learning activities. After their performance, the students helped workshop attendees use a wide variety of materials in making their own puppets. The students are earning Dual Enrollment credit through Coconino Community College with the help of a FTF grant, while working toward earning their CDA certification.


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Thanks to:


  • Micah Bahe
  • Joseph Justice
  • Summer Tisi
  • Pearl Gore
  • Kayle Britton

Special thanks to:


Photo of Brianne MeyersBrianne Meyers who helped develop and design the TCHS PowerPoint on the ECE program Mrs. Gotcher presented at the workshop. Brianne also provided technical assisstance during the presentation as well. 


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