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Live theater brings books to life for preschoolers

  • early literacy

Studies found that when kids act out what they are reading, it helps the story come alive and allows kids to be more able to map the words to their experiences…

Esther Leyva-McGee

Great expectations realized for southern Arizona early childhood teachers

  • early childhood

In-depth professional development has helped southern Arizona early childhood educators earn college credit and work toward degrees in early childhood.

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Celebrate early learning and educators who support the development of young children

  • early childhood

Many First Things First regions are celebrating the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s Week of the Young Child, April 8-12.

Quote from business leader, Sharon Harper

Ensuring readiness for the workforce begins decades earlier

  • investments

Many economists contend that a future economy’s strong workforce starts by investing in children birth to age 5.

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Spanish-language resources available to help support healthy development of young children

  • parenting

Early childhood providers and educators can now share Spanish-language resources with Spanish-speaking parents of babies, toddlers and preschoolers.

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Online resources help parents of children birth to age 5 find answers

  • parenting

First Things First is there to help parents of young kids figure out which information is trustworthy or even where to start.

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Quality First center in Peach Springs preserving native language for next generation

  • Quality First

Research shows culturally-based early learning programs with strong native language programs positively influence academic, social and cultural development.

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Early Childhood Legislative Day showcases positive impact of early childhood investments

  • public affairs

The event provided early childhood supporters with the opportunity to share the positive impact of early childhood investments with state policymakers.

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Be an advocate for safe sleep

  • safety

Everyone can be a safe sleep advocate by reminding parents that a safe sleep environment for babies includes alone, on their back and in a crib.

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