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First Things First supports programs across Arizona through grants to community organizations that provide services—at no cost—for young children from birth to age 5 (before kindergarten) and their families.
90% of a child’s brain develops 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.
There are quality child care programs in communities across Arizona, and there are things you can look for and ask about to help you feel more confident in your decision.
Librarian Wendy Resnik shares how bonding with books helps spark your child’s curiosity and introduces them to new words.
The new QualityFirstAZ.com offers tools and information to help you find an early learning program that’s right for your family.
New research shows that being more active in the day can help babies sleep more at night. And tummy time is a great way to boost physical activity.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends basic toys that encourage imagination and interaction between parent and child.
Quality First center in Fort Defiance helps 2-year-old with conversation and healthy eating habits
Phoenix mother finds Quality First preschool for her daughter to have the best opportunity to develop and gain the needed skills for kindergarten.
The preschool offers half-day sessions to help ease the transition for young kids with no formal schedule at home to a full-day schedule at school.
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