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Report: Don’t forget young kids in COVID-19 recovery

  • data & research

A new FTF report highlights the challenges Arizona’s young children faced before the pandemic, and how some of those barriers have worsened.

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Child care providers across Arizona struggle to fill open positions

  • child care

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated an already challenging hiring process and is reflected across the United States.

Dr. Christian Osmena

FTF Board welcomes newest member

  • board

The First Things First state Board recently welcomed its newest member, Dr. Christian Osmeña.

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Volunteer to be a voice for young children in your Arizona community

  • AZ communities

FTF is looking for about 150 volunteers who will collaborate with other dedicated community members in local communities across the state.

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Efforts expand to support the social and emotional health of young children during challenging times

  • mental health

An influx of federal money will allow more providers to access early childhood mental health consultation during a climate of uncertainty.

A woman in black t-shirt is handing a bag of produce to another woman.

Pilot program successfully helps young children living in food deserts access more fresh, locally…

  • Phoenix South

The farm-to-family model works to distribute locally grown produce to families of young children through FTF’s early childhood partners.

children sitting on church floor listening to a teacher read them a book.

Partnering with faith communities in supporting families and young children

  • AZ communities

Faith communities play an important role in supporting high-quality early childhood experiences to help children be ready for kindergarten.

Teacher holding a young child over a sink helping to wash the child's hands.

Free online child care training launched

  • professional development

Starting Oct. 25, FTF will fund up to 15,000 subscribers to have access to the entire ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI) training catalog.

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Reintroducing traditional indigenous foods to keep young children healthy in body, mind and spirit

  • health

FTF partners with several Arizona tribes to support introducing indigenous foods to their communities’ babies, toddlers and preschoolers.

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