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2020 Impact Report – White Mountain Apache Tribe Region


First Things First partners with families and communities to help our state’s youngest children prepare for kindergarten and beyond.

Many young children in Arizona face challenges that threaten their healthy development and learning. In the White Mountain Apache Tribe Region, there are 2,003 children (under age 6) with 54% living in poverty.

Here is how FTF is working to support young children and their families in this region.

“Investing in children requires studying the past, including cultures and traditions, so we can strengthen the similarities, as well as celebrate the differences. A culture simply cannot survive without its children. We are the caretakers of our own futures.” 

Laurel Endfield
Chair of FTF White Mountain Apache Tribe Regional Partnership Council

White Mountain Apache Tribe Regional Key Impact Highlights
[Fiscal Year 2020]


1,579 Adults attended parenting activities to learn more about the importance of early childhood development.

1,485 Resources were distributed to adults for connecting parents with parenting tips, services and programs.

367 Children attended preschools and child care programs participating in Quality First.

62 Children birth to age 5 received a Quality First scholarship to attend high-quality preschools and child care programs.

17 Early childhood educators received college scholarships to improve their qualifications for working with infants, toddlers and preschoolers.

1,998 Books were given to parents and caregivers of infants, toddlers and preschoolers through a local distribution program.

Mother holding up a book next to her young daughter

White Mountain Apache Tribe Family Story

Doctors boost literacy through well-child visits in Whiteriver

Joni Shipp takes her 1-year-old daughter, Keirstin, for well-child visits at the Whiteriver Indian Hospital and never leaves empty-handed.

“We get a new book with each visit,” said Shipp. “It has helped my husband and I want to read to her. When they gave us a book, I realized we could start reading now, because otherwise I would have only been using toys to help her learn.

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FTF White Mountain Apache Tribe Regional Partnership Council

SFY20 Total Regional Program Expenditures

The FTF White Mountain Apache Tribe Regional Partnership Council is made up of volunteers who study the unique needs of the local community and decide how funds should be used to best support the healthy development and early learning of young children birth to age 5. FTF invests in proven programs and innovative strategies through grants to community organizations that provide services to children and families. Some of the programs in this region include Parents as Teachers, Parenting Counts Workshops and Kith and Kin.


Quality Child Care and Preschool $344,542 62%
Strengthening Families $118,647 22%
Workforce Development and Training $44,121 7%
Research and Evaluation $22,699 4%

Preventive Health

$16,650 3%
Parent and Community Awareness $5,635 2%



White Mountain Apache Tribe

The boundaries of the FTF White Mountain Apache Tribe Region are the same as the Fort Apache Indian Reservation. The region covers more than 2,500 square miles in Apache, Gila and Navajo counties. The larger communities in the region are Whiteriver, Cibecue, North Fork and Canyon Day. The FTF White Mountain Apache Tribe Region includes Legislative District 7. (Legislative districts are not necessarily congruent with regional boundaries.)


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