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HELP YOUR CHILD BE READY FOR KINDERGARTEN

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KEEP YOUR CHILD HEALTHY AND SMILING

KEEP YOUR CHILD HEALTHY AND SMILING

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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.


First Things First is committed to continuing to serve Arizona’s youngest children, their families and our community during this challenging time. In order to help ensure the health of our staff and those we serve, many of our staff members will be working from home. While our central Phoenix office remains open, some of our regional offices may be closed. In those cases, you can reach regional staff by phone or email. Please visit the Find Your Region page to find the contact information for the office near you.

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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.

Why Early Childhood Matters

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.

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The Father’s Day gifts you give

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Don’t worry about finding the perfect gift for dad. Focus on the important gifts that dads give to their young children.

The Parent Kit is here to help you meet the challenges of being a parent.

Preparing for birth

Pregnant? Your oral health affects your baby’s health.

  • pregnancy

Just like eating right, taking vitamins and seeing your doctor while you’re pregnant, it’s important to take care of your teeth and gums, too.

Helping young kids cope with traumatic experiences

  • social-emotional development

Having an open dialogue with your child about traumatic experiences is critical to their growth and understanding of the world around them.

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Tips for taking your child to the dentist

  • oral health

Learn some simple ways to make going to the dentist a smoother, more positive experience for you and your child.

Is fluoride good for children’s teeth?

  • oral health

Fluoride is nature’s cavity fighter. In toothpaste and drinking water, it makes teeth stronger and prevents tooth decay.

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How to find a dentist for your child in Arizona

  • oral health

Regular dental check-ups help keep your child healthy and smiling. Learn how you can find a dentist for your child whether you have dental insurance or not.

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Positive Parenting: What makes your child unique?

  • positive parenting

Every child is different. Noticing your child’s strengths and skills and uniqueness makes your bond even stronger.

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Region Stories More Stories

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Quality First center in northwest Phoenix supports foster child’s social skills in classroom

  • social-emotional development

The FTF Phoenix North Regional Partnership Council funds Quality First so families can send their children to quality child care programs.

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Early childhood teachers in Yavapai County learning ways to support social-emotional development of children

  • social-emotional development

The FTF Yavapai Regional Partnership Council funds early childhood mental health consultations to better support the social-emotional development of children.

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Home visits help Navajo mother support daughter with speech problems

  • family support

The FTF Navajo Nation Regional Council funds the Growing in Beauty program to offer individualized support to parents of young children.

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