Harvard University has named First Things First as one of the Top 25 Innovations in American Government as part of a national awards competition that celebrates creative, solution-oriented governing. These programs represent the top 2% of more than 500 applications received.
First Things First’s application centered on an innovative citizen-led and tiered governance structure that engages Arizonans as volunteer leaders in ensuring that Arizona’s early childhood development and health funds are invested in strategies that improve outcomes for young children statewide, while honoring local needs and priorities.
“First Things First’s innovative governance model reflects the very essence of citizen engagement,” Chief Executive Officer Sam Leyvas said. “Our unique structure empowers communities, ensuring that public programs reflect their unique needs and making them an integral part of enhancing school readiness for the children in their area.”
Read our press release to learn more about this recognition.