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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.
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.
Grandparents can play a very important role in the lives of families with young children. Free child care is often at the top of that list, but the benefits certainly don’t end there.
Having back-and-forth conversations with your baby, even before they can use words, helps them learn and develop language. It’s easy and fun to do.
Playdating is great for young children’s development because it helps them explore and make sense of the world around them through play.
All babies cry, but some are harder to soothe or comfort, and that can be emotionally hard on a new mother.
VIDEO: This episode of Parents Playbook features tips for sharing books with your toddler, which helps them develop the language skills and vocabulary…
Play in an outdoor, natural environment helps engage a young child’s senses and allows toddlers and preschoolers to exercise their bodies and minds.
Quality First scholarships help eligible families afford to send their child to quality child care centers and preschools.
The Hualapai Day Care center teachers in Peach Springs focus on preserving the region’s native language by teaching it to the next generation of young…
Scottsdale siblings received early education at Quality First preschool and their positive experiences impacted the entire family.
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