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Family Stories

These stories illustrate how early childhood programs and services funded by First Things First make a difference for young children and families in communities across Arizona.

College scholarship helps Pascua Yaqui teacher give her students a strong educational foundation

A​fter working for about a decade as an early childhood teacher at the Pascua Yaqui Head Start, Maria Jones had a decision to make.New regulations require…

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Becoming kindergarten ready through pediatric care coordination in El Mirage

You may look at Gianna Cota today and see that she is a self-assured, motivated first grader who loves math and science, meeting new friends and learning new…

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Good oral health becomes family tradition for Heber family

For Tiffany Western and her five children, oral health has become a family tradition.First Things First funds the oral health program in the Navajo/Apache…

Four Peach Springs mothers, all sisters, find support for their young children through home…

Rochelle Kennedy enrolled in the Maternal Child Health program two years ago when she was pregnant with her daughter, Mia. Kennedy learned so much from her…

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Quality First preschool prepares Yuma siblings for kindergarten success

As a divorced single mother of 2-year-old twin boys and a 9-month-old daughter, Laura Elena Torres of Yuma struggled to make rent, food and other monthly…

Quality First program helps Whiteriver child with speech difficulties find her voice

​Military families face many challenges. From moving to a new town every two to four years to adjusting to the deployment of a family member, military…

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Quality First scholarship helps Tohono O’odham family

Catherine Toro wanted her 2-year-old daughter Hailey to be somewhere that would help with her early childhood development.From the first day they visited…

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Developmental screening program helps get Avondale preschooler ready for kindergarten

Maria Covarrubias of Avondale remembers watching her 3-year-old son Cesar, sitting by the door all day waiting for his older sister to return from…

Home visitation program prepares Nogales preschooler for kindergarten and beyond

​Nicole Velasquez had heard of the Healthy Families AZ program, which includes home visitation through the family resource center in Nogales, where she took…

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