Tuition Support for Mental Health Professionals

The Tuition Support Program is designed for mental health professionals working with children ages birth to 5 who want to stay current with the rapidly-expanding research in the field. It is also open to early childhood mental health graduate students and master’s-level mental health practitioners eager to enter the early childhood field.


Professionals or graduate students can apply for funding to support their involvement in field-relevant courses of study, trainings, workshops and conferences. In return, the recipients are asked to put what they have learned back to work with the young children of Arizona.


Program Goals

  1. To increase the number of mental health professionals in Arizona who have expertise in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of mental health disturbances and disorders that affect young children.
  2. To increase the number of mental health professionals in Arizona who have the knowledge to help early childhood professionals support the mental health and social-emotional development of young children.


Learn more about eligibility requirements, funding and pre-approved programs.


Due to high demand, there are very limited funds available for the Tuition Support program for the remainder of this fiscal year (July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018). Remaining funds may be restricted to applicants that either live or work in one of the following First Things First regions: Santa Cruz, Navajo Nation, Pima North, Pima South, Coconino, La Paz/Mohave and Yuma. You may confirm your home/workplace regions through the First Things First website at




For more information about the Tuition Support Program, please contact us at (602) 633-8705 or


The Tuition Support Program is administered by

Southwest Human Development’s Smart Support program



Helping Arizona Children & Famillies

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