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Three new Board members bring diverse expertise to First Things First

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The First Things First Board recently welcomed three new members. Dr. Darlene Melk, Francisco Muñoz and Steve Peru.

Longtime FTF regional council members honored with Eddie Basha Excellence Award

  • Regional Partnership Councils

FTF regional partnership council members who achieved 15 years of volunteering with FTF received the Eddie Basha Award.

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Northern Arizona community members discuss child care challenges and potential solutions

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The forum at Twin Arrows conference center outside of Flagstaff was the second quarterly gathering on Strengthening the Child Care Workforce.

Jessica Jarvi, FTF Phoenix South Regional Partnership Council Member

Spotlight on FTF Phoenix South Regional Council Member: Jessica Jarvi

  • Phoenix South

Jessica Jarvi is the business representative on the FTF Phoenix South Regional Council. She has been on the council for over a decade.

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College scholarships available for early childhood education students

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The scholarship covers tuition, books and fees at any Arizona community college or university for those pursuing an early childhood degree.

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New national early care and education workforce center designed to support child care workers

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One focus will be the workforce pipeline. Many early care and education organizations find it difficult to locate skilled workers.

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FTF asks early childhood partners to share child care survey with working families

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Any working family can take the survey at: Early childhood partners are asked to share the survey, also.

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Spotlight on FTF White Mountain Apache Tribe Regional Council Member: Jandi Craig

  • Regional Partnership Councils

Jandi Craig, a regional council member from the FTF White Mountain Apache Tribe Region, joined in 2012. She is the business representative.

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Finding ways to support new and expectant mothers experiencing depression and stress

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May is National Maternal Mental Health Month and is designed to bring awareness and reduce the stigma of postpartum depression and other perinatal mental…

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