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First Things First 2021 Annual Report showcases resilience and determination of those who serve…

  • AZ communities

First Things First recently published its State Fiscal Year 2021 Annual Report, Fulfilling Our Commitments to Children and Communities.

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Pima County collaboration makes high-quality early learning more accessible to preschoolers

  • Quality First Scholarships

Early childhood advocates in Pima County have succeeded in securing funding for about 1,200 scholarships for preschoolers.

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Helping eastern Arizona moms of newborns one conversation at a time

  • Graham/Greenlee

Tanya Montez’s connection to the early childhood programs throughout Graham and Greenlee counties has made her an indispensable resource.

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First Things First Navajo Nation Region honored with Eddie Basha Award for Leadership and Service

  • Navajo Nation

The FTF Navajo Nation Regional Council was honored for their collective work to support babies, toddlers and preschoolers in the region.

Arizona early childhood community finds inspiration and insight at FTF Early Childhood Summit

  • early childhood

For the second year, the First Things First Early Childhood Summit 2021 welcomed 1,400 attendees on Aug. 17 for a virtual conference.

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Help for AZ families looking for early childhood programs

  • early childhood

First Things First’s new-and-improved online search tool makes it easy for families with young children to find FTF-funded early childhood programs and…

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Daycare – an outdated term that doesn’t reflect today’s child care

  • child care

The word daycare can be polarizing for those who know that the first five years build the foundation for later academic success.

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New funding set to nearly double the number of Quality First programs across Arizona

  • early care and education

The funding will allow the First Things First signature program, Quality First, to expand by up to 800 providers over the next three years.

Doreen Oliver

2021 Summit speaker to share insight to helping parents of a child with autism

  • family support

Doreen Oliver is the closing keynote speaker at the FTF Early Childhood Summit, where she shares experiences of raising a child with autism.

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