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First Things First is Arizona’s early childhood agency, committed to the healthy development and learning of young children from birth to age 5.

Why Early Childhood Matters

90% of a child’s brain growth happens before they start kindergarten. And research shows that the quality of a child’s experiences in their first five years helps shape how their brain develops.

Kids with positive, stable relationships with parents and caregivers, as well as quality child care and preschool experiences, go on to do better in school and in life. They’re more likely to read at grade level and graduate from high school. They are more prepared for college and career. They also tend to be healthier and demand less from the public welfare system. These are better outcomes for kids that also save taxpayers money.

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Combating new parent loneliness with social connections

  • first time parents

Many new parents experience loneliness, and if you are feeling that, you’re not alone. Social connections can help.

Learning to share

Learning to share

  • preschoolers

Young children aren’t ready to share as early as you might think.

Imagination Library program available in more Arizona communities

  • literacy

Families with young children in many Arizona communities can now register for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

Santa brings joy, but he can also cause stress

  • social-emotional development

For many families, a visit with Santa Claus is a holiday tradition, but it doesn’t always go to plan.

FTF Gift Guide: The best toys and gifts for young children

  • play

Our interactive guide offers low-cost options by age and stage of development. Many are free, like the best gift you can give: quality time with you.

First Things First guide for new parents in Arizona

Ready to be a parent? The AZ New Parent Guide can help.

  • infants

The AZ New Parent Guide from First Things First has information and resources to help do your best in caring for your new baby.

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