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Week of the Young Child Interview Story - 2023

Celebrating early learners and educators who support their positive development

  • AZ communities

Week of the Young Child is an annual nationwide celebration that focuses on early learning and the educators who support young children.

early childhood mental health consultation

Early childhood mental health consultation grant provides solid foundation for growth

  • mental health

The United Way of Graham and Greenlee Counties recently renewed FTF’s grant that expanded early childhood mental health consultation.

FTF recruiting for Indigenous Representative for state Board

  • Leadership

The FTF Board created the position recently for an Indigenous Representative based on feedback received from tribal leaders and designees.

graphic of a man holding a boy on his shoulders

Help keep kids connected to health care

  • healthcare

Early childhood supporters can help families not get dropped from KidsCare or AHCCCS by encouraging them to update their contact information.

woman standing with young child at bathroom sink. Girl is brushing her baby teeth.

New FTF oral health website shows why healthy baby teeth matter

  • oral health

Most parents and caregivers are surprised to learn that caring for children’s teeth and gums should start when they’re just babies.

A home visitor works with the family and a small child in their home on a puzzle. Retaining home visitors.

Retaining home visitors is one way to ensure family success

  • home visitation

As the largest funder of home visitation programs in Arizona, FTF is working with other state funders to support the home visiting workforce.

2022 Impact Reports give insight into regional work

  • early childhood

The 2022 FTF Impact Reports give insight into how First Things First is supporting families and their young children in your community.

Letter to Melinda

Letter from First Things First CEO Melinda Morrison Gulick

  • Letter from CEO

Melinda Gulick is chief executive officer of First Things First. As 2023 begins, she shares her hopes for continuing to advance First Things First’s mission…

reading corner for babies, mom reading book to newborn baby

FTF Partner and Tucson Medical Center create reading corner for babies in NICU

  • early learning and literacy

The reading corner in the Tucson Medical Center neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) needed a little love, a certain something special to get parents and…

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