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They’re made in the first five years. In all the simple, everyday moments that add up to what young kids need to be ready for success in school and in life.

Find early childhood programs in your Arizona community.

First Things First supports no-cost programs for young children from birth to age 5 and their families. We also work with more than 1,000 child care and preschool providers in Arizona to improve the quality of early learning in ways that help young kids learn, grow and thrive.

Why early childhood matters.

From birth to age 5, a child’s brain grows and develops more than at any other time in life. And early brain development has a lasting impact on their health and learning.

Father and Daughter

Information and tools for parents.

There’s no one right way to raise a child, and you don’t need to be perfect. To help you do the best you can, First Things First has information, videos and resources for supporting your child’s healthy development and learning.

Our mission is early childhood. Join us.

First Things First is Arizona’s early childhood agency, with programs and resources to support great childhoods. By focusing on the first five years, we are making a difference in the lives of young children, their families and our communities. You can, too. Join us in supporting the healthy development and learning of Arizona’s young children.

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