Education news logo

Families interested in taking advantage of Pima County’s free after-school programs will be able to register online starting Tuesday.

Online registration for programs in the Pima County Natural Resources and Parks and Recreation’s community centers can be completed at

Session dates vary based on the school district in which the community center is located. Registration for session one begins at 6 a.m. on Tuesday. Session two registration will open at 6 a.m. on Dec. 5.

Registration for the Kids and Parent Playtime preschool program’s session one will open at 6 a.m. on Aug. 1. All programs are free and run from school dismissal until 6 p.m. at most locations.

La Petite preschool wins top accreditation

A La Petite Academy campus on the southwest side has received the stamp of approval from the National Early Childhood Program Accreditation.

The accreditation means the preschool, at 6570 S. Midvale Road, is recognized as an exceptional early childhood program that substantially exceeds minimum state licensing requirements.

Areas evaluated include developmental programming, outdoor/indoor environments, health and safety, staff development, working environment, family support and community relations.

La Petite Academy has served families in the Midvale Park area for more than 25 years, offering early education and care for children aged 6 weeks to 12 years.

All teachers at the school receive monthly training, as well as ongoing training provided by the state. For more information, visit

Marana to celebrate new school opening

A new elementary school in the Marana Unified School District will open its doors on July 20.

Gladden Farms Elementary School is located at the intersection of West Tangerine Road and Gladden Farms Drive. It will serve students in kindergarten through sixth grade.

The school facilities include innovative learn-ing environments to provide a computer- science-immersion academic experience.

The district will celebrate the school’s opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on July 20 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the school.

Grant to fund STEM teacher development

The Pima County School Superintendent’s Office has received more than $50,000 in grant funding for a science, technology, engineering and math teacher-mentoring program.

The Thomas R. Brown Family Foundation is supporting the STEMAZing Project, which gives STEM teachers professional coaching, lesson plans and affordable materials.

The program is recruiting 12 teacher leaders from across Southern Arizona to mentor and develop. Applicants must be full-time STEM educators in Pima, Santa Cruz or Cochise counties with at least five years of experience.

For more information about the project and specific eligibility requirements, visit:!stemazing-teacher-leader-program/yhjp7

$10,000 award to help Sunnyside attendance

The Sunnyside Unified School District has been awarded a $10,000 donation from Tucson Federal Credit Union.

The donation is part of TFCU’s Legacy Award, which supports causes in public education. Sunnyside plans to use the money for attendance incentives.

TFCU, which was founded in 1937 as the Tucson Teachers Federal Credit Union, began a partnership with Sunny-side through a food drive for homeless students in December. TFCU employees and members donated more than 4,000 items of food.

Compiled by reporters Alexis Huicochea and Yoohyun Jung. Contact Alexis at or 573-4175. On Twitter: @AlexisHuicochea