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2018 REGIONAL IMPACT REPORTS

2018 REGIONAL IMPACT REPORTS

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QUALITY MATTERS IN CHILD CARE & PRESCHOOL

QUALITY MATTERS IN CHILD CARE & PRESCHOOL

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RESOURCES & INFORMATION FOR PARENTS

RESOURCES & INFORMATION FOR PARENTS

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First Things First partners with families and communities to support the healthy development and learning of Arizona’s young children.

FIND FTF PROGRAMS

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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Physical activity helps babies get more sleep

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

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Chores serve as learning moments for toddlers and preschoolers

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For parents and caregivers of toddlers and preschoolers, setting new year goals offers an opportunity to expand children’s learning through everyday chores.

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Pediatricians say simple toys are best

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The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends basic toys that encourage imagination and interaction between parent and child.

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Why our preemie son’s second birthday was so special

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With support, most babies born prematurely will catch up to their full-term peers by the time they turn 2.

new tool for parents to find early childhood programs in Arizona

Find early childhood programs in your Arizona community

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Use our new search tool to learn about and connect with early childhood programs near you.

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Quality First helps prepare kids for school success

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More than 1,000 child care and preschool programs in Arizona participate in Quality First, a voluntary program to improve the quality of early learning in ways…

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Track your child’s developmental milestones

  • child development

From birth to 5 years, your child should reach milestones in how he plays, learns, speaks, acts and moves. Track your child’s development and act early if…

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Quality First center in Fort Defiance helps 2-year-old with conversation and healthy eating habits

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Quality First center in Fort Defiance helps 2-year-old with conversation and healthy eating habits

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Quality First preschool helps Phoenix preschooler grow socially and emotionally

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Phoenix mother finds Quality First preschool for her daughter to have the best opportunity to develop and gain the needed skills for kindergarten.

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Lake Havasu City mom finds quality child care makes big difference in preparing her daughters for kindergarten

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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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