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Santa brings joy, but he can also cause stress

  • social-emotional development

For many families, a visit with Santa Claus is a holiday tradition, but it doesn’t always go to plan.

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

  • play

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.

First Things First guide for new parents in Arizona

Ready to be a parent? The AZ New Parent Guide can help.

  • infants

The AZ New Parent Guide from First Things First has information and resources to help do your best in caring for your new baby.

Mom and dad on the floor with baby daughter, 10 minutes with your child

10 Things To Do With 10 Minutes With Your Child

  • positive parenting

You can find moments throughout the day to connect with your little one in ways that give them the love, care and attention they need.

Grandparents of young children

5 things grandparents do for young children

  • grandparents

Grandparents can play many important roles in the healthy development of their grandchildren.

Co-parenting young children

Keys to co-parenting young children

  • co-parenting

Co-parenting is a unique journey for every family. But, parents can support their little one’s healthy development.

Dad and baby son playing in park on the floor with leaves.

Helping young children find nature outside the front door

  • play

For families who want to introduce their babies, toddlers and preschoolers to outdoor play, there’s one thing to know: nature is everywhere.

Pregnant mother on couch in orange dress with young girl hugging the mother's stomach

Counting kicks is a simple way to monitor baby’s well-being

  • pregnancy

Expectant parents in their third trimester are being encouraged to count their baby’s kicks. It could help save their baby’s life.

Babies' cues

Positive Parenting: What is baby saying?

  • infants

Noticing and responding to your baby’s cues is what great parenting is all about.

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