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BE A VOICE FOR YOUNG CHILDREN

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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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Parents: Be a voice for young kids and families in your Arizona community

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P​arents of young children and other volunteers are needed to help impact the early childhood services and programs available in local communities across Arizona.

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Make the most of their early years

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Your child’s first five years will have a big impact on their future. Learn how you can help them develop and grow.

Shopping with your child can help them eat better

Tips to get your toddler to try (and eventually like) new foods

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Young kids can be reluctant to try new things to eat. Here are some ways to motivate your toddler to take that first bite.

Santa brings joy, but he can also cause stress

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For many families, a visit with Santa Claus is a holiday tradition, but it doesn’t always go to plan. Get tips on how to manage your expectations and…

Reduce holiday stress for your kids

Helping young kids have a happy holiday season

  • social-emotional development

The holidays can mean disrupted routines and unfamiliar faces and places. Get some tips to make your child more comfortable.

Teaching young kids about gratitude

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Gratitude can be a difficult concept for toddlers and preschoolers. The holiday season is a good time to help them learn some important life lessons.

Ease young kids into Halloween for a smooth experience

  • social-emotional development

To have a smooth and safe holiday for young children, parents and caregivers should be on the lookout for fears and anxieties.

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Quality First preschool helps Aguila boy find confidence

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The FTF Northwest Maricopa Regional Partnership Council funds Quality First so families can send their children to quality child care programs

Kith and Kin program helps Whiteriver mom be a better parent and caregiver

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The FTF White Mountain Apache Trine Regional Council funds the Kith and Kim program for family, friends and neighbors who provide home-based child care.

Sierra Vista mom learns how to connect with 5-year-old daughter after taking parenting class

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The FTF Cochise Regional Council funds the Arizona’s Children Association Education Program which helps parents learn about early childhood brain…

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