Your child’s early years are really important — 90 percent of their brain will develop by age 5 — and as a parent, you want to do your best to help them learn, grow and be healthy. This episode of the pArentZ Pod will introduce you to a variety of parenting and early childhood programs supported by First Things First available, at no cost to you, in communities across Arizona.
Our guests are part of the First Things First family support team. Vince Torres is the senior director of children’s health & family support, and Christine Waldbeiser is our family support specialist. She’s also a new mom to a beautiful baby boy, which gives her an even better perspective into the kinds of information and help parents are looking for and how the programs funded by First Things First can help you do your best as a parent.
Early childhood programs funded by First Things First include:
- Parenting programs, classes and activities
- Family resource centers
- Home visiting programs
- Quality child care
- Birth to Five Helpline
- Developmental screenings
- Dental/oral health programs
- Well-child care
- and more