• Champions Corner: AZ pediatrician promotes the importance of the early years

    As a parent of a two young children herself, Dr. Kathleen Vedock practices what she preaches. She knows firsthand the critical importance of the first five years in a child’s development, and she is a vocal champion of that message to both parents and her fellow pediatricians.


  • 4 tips to help prevent tooth decay – and potential future health problems – in young kids

    Untreated tooth decay in baby (primary) teeth puts young kids at risk for future health problems. It can cause damage to permanent teeth and even lead to being more vulnerable to ear or sinus infections. Tooth decay can also affect a child’s speech development and hurt their self-esteem. And it’s a leading cause of school absences later on. 



  • New research shows strong return on investing in high quality early childhood programs

    New research from Nobel laureate economist James Heckman, a professor at the University of Chicago, suggests that investing in quality early childhood programs produces a 13 percent return on investment, which is higher than the 7-10 percent return previously established for preschool programs serving 3- to 4-year olds.


  • 6 ways to help your child be ready for kindergarten

    The new year has just begun, but parents of preschoolers might already be getting notices from their local schools about kindergarten registration. While the big day may still be months away, it’s not too early to start preparing for that first day of kindergarten.


  • The best gift to give a child? Your time.

    This holiday season, instead of filling your shopping list with the latest must-have toys for that young child in your life, consider that one of the best gifts you can give a child is your time.


  • Pediatricians’ New Recommendations for Children’s Media Use

    With digital media an ever-increasing part of daily life, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently announced new recommendations and resources to help families make informed decisions about screen time for their young children.


  • “Thank you, Nadine.”

    In recognition of her tireless efforts in support of young children and early childhood education in Arizona, First Things First Board Chair Nadine Mathis Basha was recently honored with the 2016 Change Maker Award from Experience Matters.



  • Why early childhood matters to...the military

    As we recognize Veteran’s Day this month, we can begin building in our young children an appreciation of our nation’s veterans and their service to our country. In addition to modeling to young children gratitude to veterans, families of young children can play a crucial role in the future of our nation’s military.