First Things First is the only public funding source dedicated exclusively to early childhood, the beginning of Arizona’s education continuum. FTF strategically invests early childhood funds in programs that prepare children for success in kindergarten and beyond.
Investing in School Readiness for Arizona’s Children
As a key partner in Arizona’s early childhood system, First Things First invests in proven programs and innovative strategies that strengthen families in their role as their child’s first teacher; improve the quality of early learning environments like preschool and child care, and expand access to those programs; and, promote prevention and early identification of health problems that could impact learning later on. Emphasis is placed on getting resources directly to children and families through a network of community providers.
By getting more Arizona kids ready for school, First Things First helps put children on a path to academic success that benefits them, our communities and our state.
FY2016 Program Expenditures
Programs and Services
FY16 Investments Across Arizona
First Things First is currently funded by a voter-enacted tax on tobacco products. The amount of money allocated to each FTF regional partnership council is based on the number of children birth through age 5 in their community, with extra consideration given for children living in poverty. Each regional partnership council, comprised of dedicated local volunteers, studies the unique needs of its community and decides how funds will be used to best support its young children and families.