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FIND EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMS NEAR YOU

FIND EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMS NEAR YOU

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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 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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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.

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Teaching young kids about gratitude

  • parenting

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.

Connecting with your baby’s emotions

  • child development

Babies feel safe and secure when they trust their parents to respond to their needs and soothe their emotions when they feel distressed. With that confidence,…

early vision screening can help correct problems

Keep an eye on your child’s vision

  • health and developmental screenings

Young kids learn through their senses, and any problems with your child’s vision health are easier to correct with early treatment.

Parenting FAQ: How do I handle my child’s behavior?

  • positive parenting

Dealing with your child’s behaviors can be frustrating. Understanding the big emotions behind them can help.

use our search tool to find programs funded by First Things First

Find free early childhood programs across Arizona

  • parenting

Use our new-and-improved search tool to find programs and services available near you.

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Quality First preschool helps Aguila boy find confidence

  • child care

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

  • tribal

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

  • Cochise

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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