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FTF Gift Guide for parents and caregivers of young children

First Things First’s interactive Gift Guide highlights inexpensive toys and gifts that nurture the healthy development and learning of babies, toddlers…

Michele Reimer and Ricardo Alvarado

FTF statewide staff donates to Maricopa Family Advocacy Center

  • AZ communities

First Things First values its community partners and continually seeks ways to support agencies whose work strengthens families.

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School officials share why early literacy starts well before the first day of kindergarten

  • early learning

By the time children are 3 and 4 years old their vocabulary, attention and general knowledge are predictors of third- and fourth-grade reading comprehension.

Panel discussion at Arizona Town Hall

Early childhood issues rise to top at Arizona Town Hall on strengthening families

  • AZ communities

Ensuring that affordable, high-quality child care is available to all was one of several early childhood-related issues named as a priority action.

Mother with two daughters

Gila River Indian Community child care center gets first 5-star Quality First rating for a tribal…

  • early learning

The Early Education Child Care Center in Sacaton was one of the first centers chosen to participate in Quality First when the program began in 2009.

teacher on floor with two babies

Child care center director gets lifeline from the Arizona Early Childhood Workforce Registry

  • early childhood

The FTF-funded Arizona Early Childhood Workforce Registry helps early childhood professionals grow their skills and advance their careers.

Headshot of Amy Corriveau

Q&A with new FTF Chief Program Officer Amy Corriveau

  • AZ communities

FTF Chief Program Officer Amy Corriveau has dedicated her professional life to expanding and improving early education opportunities in Arizona.

little boy in classroom

Local governments eyeing investments in quality early learning

  • AZ communities

A city-funded high-quality preschool program is showing other Arizona cities and towns that investing in its youngest residents pays off.

Yuma RPC members with award

FTF Yuma Region honored with Heart of Yuma award

  • AZ communities

The FTF Yuma Region received the Outstanding Service Organization award from the Arizona Community Foundation of Yuma at its annual Heart of Yuma ceremony.  

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