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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 growth happens 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.
Many new parents experience loneliness, and if you are feeling that, you’re not alone. Social connections can help.
Families with young children in many Arizona communities can now register for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.
Our interactive guide offers low-cost options by age and stage of development. Many are free, like the best gift you can give: quality time with you.
The AZ New Parent Guide from First Things First has information and resources to help do your best in caring for your new baby.
The FTF Northwest Maricopa Regional Partnership Council funds Quality First so families can send their children to quality child care programs
The FTF White Mountain Apache Tribe Regional Council funds the Kith and Kim program for family, friends and neighbors who provide home-based child care.
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