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

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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Parents Playbook: Quality Time!

This episode of FTF’s Parents Playbook is about being in the zone.

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

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Mister Rogers movie is a reminder of what young children need

“One word, ‘connection,’ captures what is happening inside and what is needed from the outside for a young child’s brain.” Read our…

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Keep your family safe around fireworks on the 4th of July

If you plan to be around fireworks this 4th of July, make sure to follow these tips to keep your kids as safe as possible.

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Expert advice on shopping with a toddler: ‘They’re not trying to be naughty.’

For busy parents, a routine trip to the grocery store can be a challenge. Make things less stressful and more positive for you and your little one.

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When reading to toddlers, books with pictures are ‘just right’

New research shows that reading a story book with pictures sparks more brain activity in kids than watching a cartoon or reading a book without pictures.

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Podcast: Kindergarten Readiness is Life Readiness

Being ready for school is about developing the foundations for language, social skills, persistence, curiosity and more. And it starts from birth.

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Early focus on social-emotional skills helps in many ways

New research from Harvard highlights that early brain development is interconnected. Social-emotional, language and physical skills all build on each other.

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Four Peach Springs mothers, all sisters, find support for their young children through home visitation program

Rochelle Kennedy enrolled in the Maternal Child Health program two years ago when she was pregnant with her daughter, Mia. Kennedy learned so much from her…

Kindergarten Boot Camp encourages excitement for learning in Phoenix boy

When Erica Sarmiento learned about Kindergarten Bootcamp, a Phoenix Public Library program funded by First Things First, she put it on the top of her…

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New Phoenix mom finds support to prepare her children to succeed in school

​When Elizabeth Goings first moved to Phoenix with her husband, she did not have a lot of options for her young son, Joshua. With limited ability to speak…

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