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2019 annual report

FTF’s 2019 Annual Report details how young lives are impacted throughout Arizona

  • early childhood

The FTF 2019 annual report details working with communities and families to promote school readiness in Arizona’s young children.

Liz Barker Alvarez

FTF Chief Policy Advisor recognized for exemplary leadership

  • AZ communities

Liz Barker Alvarez, FTF’s Chief Policy Advisor, was recently recognized as one of 12 Profiles of Success by Valle del Sol.

Thank you to FTF’s long-serving regional council members

  • champion

First Things First celebrates the community volunteers who have served on regional partnerships councils for 10 years.

2019 summit attendees greeted my Marilee Dal Pra

FTF Early Childhood Summit celebrates advocacy for Arizona’s young children

More than 1,400 early childhood professionals, stakeholders and champions from across Arizona were brought together at the 2019 FTF Summit.

girl and boy in graduation caps

First Things First, Bashas’ and Food City partner to support Arizona’s youngest children

  • AZ communities

Arizona grocery shoppers will have the opportunity in September to help Arizona’s youngest children learn, grow and succeed through a register promotion.

Group photo with Eddie Basha Leadership

FTF Colorado River Indian Tribes Region honored with Eddie Basha Award for Leadership and Service

  • AZ communities

The region’s council was lauded for implementing a Summer Transition to Kindergarten program for children on the Colorado River Indian Reservation.

boy with his parents and AZ Town Hall logo

Communities to engage in dialogue about state of families and children in community town halls…

  • AZ communities

The 2019 Arizona Town Hall sessions will engage communities on Strong Families Thriving Children. The first kicks off at the FTF Early Childhood Summit.

Male teacher and students looking at a globe.

High-quality early education outcomes extend to second generation

  • early learning

An update to the well-known Perry Preschool study focuses on a new benefit: better outcomes for the original study participants’ children.

Sheilah Nicholas

Keeping ancestral languages alive and relevant today

  • early learning

Language expert says maintaining Native American languages in early childhood helps to preserve culture and identity.

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