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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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Get help finding child care during coronavirus

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Arizona Child Care Resource and Referral provides information and resources for families looking for child care and keep an updated list of open programs.

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

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What to expect at your child’s age and stage of development

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All children develop differently, but it helps to know if your child is meeting typical milestones and what to look for if you have any concerns.

‘FLIP IT’: Four steps to transforming challenging behavior

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An early childhood expert offers simple, positive ways to help your child identify their feelings and learn healthy self-control.

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Dear Dads: You’re doing fine

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Now’s a good time to think about the important role you play in your child’s life and have a game plan for dealing with stress and uncertainty.

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Count all kids in 2020 Census

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The 2020 Census deadline to respond has been extended for families by several months. Families now have until October 31 to complete their self-response either…

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Helping your child deal with big feelings

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Best-selling author Dr. John Medina gives expert advice on how to navigate your child’s big emotions and build a foundation of healthy communication.

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Guiding young children through difficult times

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Find resources to help you support your young children through these stressful times and age-appropriate ways to talk about tough issues like race and equity.

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Safford library story time helps instill love of learning in girl

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When Chandler Aaron was 9 months old, her mom went back to work as a school teacher. Luckily for Chandler, her grandma Barbara Matthews became her full-time…

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Summer Transition to Kindergarten program helps preschoolers from the Colorado River Indian Tribes area get prepared to succeed

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The program has proven to be very successful. Families have made a great effort to attend each class, and it has encouraged parents to learn with their…

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Scottsdale Family Resource Center helps young sisters establish healthy emotional behaviors

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“These programs have made a difference for our family,” Chris Ortiz said. “I genuinely feel that I have become a more capable and confident parent.”

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