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DENTAL HEALTH IS PART OF HEALTHY DEVELOPMENT

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First Things First is Arizona’s early childhood agency, committed to the healthy development and learning of young children from birth to age 5.


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.

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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.

Why Early Childhood Matters

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.

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Tips for taking your child to the dentist

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Learn some simple ways to make going to the dentist a smoother, more positive experience for you and your child.

The Parent Kit is here to help you meet the challenges of being a parent.

Is fluoride good for children’s teeth?

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Fluoride is nature’s cavity fighter. In toothpaste and drinking water, it makes teeth stronger and prevents tooth decay.

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How to find a dentist for your child in Arizona

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Regular dental check-ups help keep your child healthy and smiling. Learn how you can find a dentist for your child whether you have dental insurance or not.

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Positive Parenting: What makes your child unique?

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Every child is different. Noticing your child’s strengths and skills and uniqueness makes your bond even stronger.

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Positive Parenting: See things through their eyes

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Understanding your child’s point of view can help you stay calm when they’re losing it.

positive parenting includes recognizing and regulating your own feelings before responding to your child's behavior

Positive Parenting: 5 ways to manage your own big feelings

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Holding it together during high-stress moments is one of most important skills we can develop as parents.

2020 Gift Guide: The best toys and gifts for young children

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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.

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Flagstaff Quality First center provides stability for young girl during coronavirus pandemic

  • child care

The FTF Coconino Regional Partnership Council invests in Quality First scholarships to provide quality care to families who might otherwise not be able to…

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Home visitation program provides Avondale boys path to success

  • family support

The FTF Southwest Maricopa Regional Partnership Council funds the home visitation strategy which offers individualized support to parents of young children.

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Doctors boost literacy through well-child visits in Whiteriver

  • language & literacy

Every family that comes in for a well-child visit appointment gets an age-appropriate book and development information for their child

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