RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES DURING CORONAVIRUS
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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.
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.
Try to remember that you don’t have to be perfect and that you need to take care of yourself in order to take care of your children.
Doctors say don’t skip regularly scheduled immunizations. They’re very important for preventing other serious diseases that are more dangerous for…
The Rio Rico Family Resource center provided the Luna’s with free classes and other activities to help their son prepare for kindergarten.
“It is so helpful to have someone who is an expert share ideas and resources with me,” said Rosalinda Vergara
“After we took the class, we really started talking more, sitting with each other, reading books, trying to understand each other and communicate,” said…
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