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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.
A mom reflects on her daughter’s bond with her grandmother and the benefits that she’s watched as the bond grows.
Grandparents can play many important roles in the healthy development of their grandchildren.
Arizona Child Care Resource and Referral provides information and resources for families looking for child care and keep an updated list of open programs.
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.
The nurturing environment at a Quality First preschool helped preschooler with skills needed to be successful in kindergarten.
“I started planning their day and learned how to use positive redirection and how to make every moment a teachable moment,” Tiffany Vaz said.
“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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