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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.

Why Early Childhood Matters

90% of a child’s brain growth happens 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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Quality time doesn’t have to cost a thing

  • single parent

Read the story of how an unexpected car repair bill led a single mom to realize that time together is the best thing we can give our children.

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Baby, let’s talk! Serve and return

  • language & literacy

Having back-and-forth conversations with your baby, even before they can use words, helps them learn and develop language. It’s easy and fun to do.

Test your knowledge of early childhood

  • child development

The more you know about child development, the better you can meet your child’s needs and help them learn and grow.

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Parents: Be a voice for young kids and families in your Arizona community

  • AZ communities

P​arents of young children and other volunteers are needed to help impact the early childhood services and programs available in local communities across…

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Make the most of their early years

  • parenting

Your child’s first five years will have a big impact on their future. Learn how you can help them develop and grow.

Shopping with your child can help them eat better

Tips to get your toddler to try (and eventually like) new foods

  • health & nutrition

Young kids can be reluctant to try new things to eat. Here are some ways to motivate your toddler to take that first bite.

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