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NEW: READ OUR 2021 ANNUAL REPORT

NEW: READ OUR 2021 ANNUAL REPORT

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CONGRATS TO NAVAJO NATION REGIONAL COUNCIL

CONGRATS TO NAVAJO NATION REGIONAL COUNCIL

2021 Eddie Basha Award

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

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

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Find free early childhood programs across Arizona

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

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Baby Safety: New rule bans some infant sleep products

  • safety

Inclined sleepers are among the dangerous products to be banned. Reminder: babies are safest sleeping alone, on their back, in a crib.

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The Father’s Day gifts you give

  • fatherhood

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

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.

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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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