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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.
Young kids learn through their senses, and any problems with your child’s vision health are easier to correct with early treatment.
Your child’s first five years will have a big impact on their future. Learn how you can help them develop and grow.
If you have a preschooler who will be entering kindergarten next school year, it’s not too early to start getting them ready.
Young kids don’t need fancy toys or electronic gadgets. Simple toys and household objects are great for what they need most: quality play time with you.
Many parents cite positive research that says a second language aids brain development as a reason to raise a bilingual child.
LeeAnn Sherman said she was “relieved to see that something like this existed,” because she didn’t know what to do after becoming the…
The FTF Cochise Region funds medical home care coordination, where case managers work with families to review care plans and manage medical appointments.
After spending a year attending story time at the center, Gabby Martinez said she is confident that Julian will be ready for kindergarten.
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