Private child care centers in Arizona have been working together as professionals for almost 30 years. Child care operators and directors became active in the late 70’s and became formally established as the Arizona Association for Child Development and Education in 1980 and later the Arizona Association for Child Care Management.
In the early 1990’s, private child care providers became increasingly organized and involved. Three entities were established in response to regional and statewide concerns. The Arizona Child Care Association, Southern Chapter and the Arizona Child Care Association, Northern Chapter were incorporated with local Boards. The Association for Licensed Child Care of Arizona was established with a stateside Board to provide a forum for coordinated action on statewide issues and address the problem of finding liability insurance.