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Empowering Conscious Educators Community of Practice

Empowering Conscious Educators is a Community of Practice (CoP) for family childcare home providers in the Sahuarita/Green Valley area.  

The focus of this CoP is to empower educators by prioritizing and promoting their own social-emotional wellness. Participants will be supported to incorporate mindfulness as part of their practice with the objective of building self-awareness around environmental triggers. Additionally, participants will increase their knowledge of relevant brain research, they will explore trauma-responsive practices and will enhance their skills for building connections and minimizing challenging behaviors while managing their own frustrations, disappointment, anxieties, and stress.  

Participants will also learn to utilize their curriculum to enhance children’s experiences and will proactively engage in coaching to elevate and enhance their skills.  


  • Explore evidence-based practices that provide a social and emotional foundation for early learning. 

  • Deepen understanding of mindfulness practices to manage and cope better with stress. 

  • Enhance self-awareness and ability to self-regulate to better support children through co-regulation strategies. 

  • Discover the benefits of building a trusting and relationship-based environment vs a punitive/ fear-based approach to discipline. 

  • Leverage partnerships with other FCC educators to enhance self-learning. 

  • Engage in coaching opportunities to enhance professional growth. 

  • Increase skills and knowledge of technology and curriculum development.  

  • Explore pathways to facilitate degree completion as appropriate. 

CoP Requirements:  

  1. Attendance by all participants must be regular and satisfactory (attend at least 9/10 sessions) to be considered a participating member and be eligible for incentives.  

  2. Engage in individual self-reflection outside monthly training and participate in monthly coaching opportunities to support professional growth (must be in Pima County). 

  3. Provide an Arizona Registry number to receive professional development credit hours. 

  4. Participants are encouraged to implement the best practices learned in each CoP and share their learnings and successes with the rest of the group and the families they serve. 

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

In 1996, Dolly Parton launched an exciting new effort to benefit the children of her home county in east Tennessee. Dolly wanted to foster a love of reading among her county’s preschool children and their families. She wanted children to be excited about books and to feel the magic that books can create. Moreover, she wanted to insure that every child would have books, regardless of their family’s income.

To achieve these goals, Dolly decided to mail a brand new, age appropriate book each month to every child under 5 in Sevier County. With the arrival of every child’s first book, the classic “The Little Engine That Could,” every child could now experience the joy of finding their very own book in their mail box. These moments continue each month until the child turns 5, and in their very last month in the program they receive “Look Out Kindergarten Here I Come.”

Who is eligible?

Preschool children ages birth to five who are residents of Amado (85645), Arivaca (85601), Sasabe (85633), Sahuarita (85629), Green Valley (85614 and 85622), Tucson: Picture Rocks and Drexel Heights (85743 and 85757), Ajo (85321), Lukeville (85341), Catalina (85738 and 85739), Sells (85634) and Three Points (85735 and 85736)

For online registrations, please click here and search your zip code.

ELDER Alliance



United Way’s ELDER Alliance is a broad collaboration of non-profit organizations, businesses, government agencies, community partners and age 50+ residents. Through its dedicated action teams, the ELDER Alliance has established a strong system to support the rapidly growing older adult population, allowing older people to stay healthy longer, remain active and involved, and maintain maximum independence.



Meals and Food Resources Guide

Green Valley & Amado Community Food Banks (bilingüe)

End of Life Resources

Mobile Meals of Southern Arizona

Line 421 & Other Transportation Options


Friends In Deed (Available ONLY in Green Valley and Parts of Sahuarita)

Virtual Resource Guide

Beginner’s Guide to Apps

Apply for SNAP benefits and AHCCCS

Pima Council on Aging P1

Pima Council on Aging P2

Valley Assistance Services P1

Valley Assistance Services P2



Recursos en Español:

Recursos para el Final de la Vida

Banco de Alimentos de Amado y Green Valley

Guia de Recursos Virtuales

Guia para principiantes en el uso de Apps

Solicite dinero de SNAP y AHCCCS (asistencia médica) Ver pag. 2

Pima Council on Aging – Español P1

Pima Council on Aging – Esañol P2


For more information visit the ELDER Alliance or call Martha Portilla who is our Elder Alliance Community Mobilizer at 520-392-8150.

Professional Development Opportunities for Early Childhood Professionals
Southern Arizona Family Support Alliance

The Southern Arizona Family Support Alliance offers a variety of FREE PROGRAMS that help parents learn about their child’s growth and development, receive practical answers to parenting questions, learn to build strong relationships with their children, and get any additional help and support they need through personal home visits.

Go to for more information or to submit a referral.

Other Resources:


Family Resource Center

The Family Resource Centers are designed to serve and support families with children birth through age 5. Programs at the Family Resource Center will include fun, hands-on activities that encourage interaction between children and their grown-ups. Learn More and Sign Up at: 

Our Staff

210 W. Continental Rd, Suite 228
Green Valley, AZ 85622

Denisse Hernandez de Ortiz

Denisse Hernandez de Ortiz

Director of Regional Connections