• 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.



  • 2016 Annual Report details return on AZ’s early childhood investment

    Since the inception of First Things First, the percentage of kindergarteners with untreated tooth decay has decreased by 8%. This and other notable accomplishments are included in the early childhood organization’s recently published 2016 Annual Report.


  • Audit: FTF is high-performing organization

    Arizona’s Auditor General has released an 83-page audit that describes First Things First as a high-performing organization committed to continuous improvement.


  • Taking a bite out of school absences

    Did you know that 51 million school hours are lost annually nationwide due to dental disease?

    A recent report shows that First Things First and its early childhood partners are taking a bite out of school absences by funding preventive screenings and application of fluoride varnishes for kids 5 and younger.


  • KidsCare Enrollment Now Open

    Did you know that the number of uninsured young children in Arizona is nearly double the national average? Nine percent of Arizona’s young children do not have health insurance vs. five percent of young children in the United States. Health insurance is crucial for helping families access preventive care — like well-child visits, developmental screenings, immunizations and oral health care — that keeps their child healthy and identifies potential learning challenges early. Now, as many as 30,000 Arizona children may be eligible for low or no-cost health insurance.