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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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A mom reflects on her daughter’s bond with her grandmother and the benefits that she’s watched as the bond grows.

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Grandparents can play many important roles in the healthy development of their grandchildren.

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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.

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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.

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Quality First preschool setting helps calm Yuma boy’s social anxiety

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The nurturing environment at a Quality First preschool helped preschooler with skills needed to be successful in kindergarten.

West Valley family resource center helps two brothers with structure and routine

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“I started planning their day and learned how to use positive redirection and how to make every moment a teachable moment,” Tiffany Vaz said.

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Home visitation program helps Peach Springs girl reach healthy developmental milestones

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“I’ve learned that it’s okay to ask questions or ask for help,” Racine Whatoname said. “I am so much more comfortable reaching out for feedback…

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