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First Things First honors 2018 Champions for Young Children throughout Arizona

Every year, First Things First honors early childhood champions throughout Arizona who actively volunteer to raise awareness of the importance of early…


Young kids can stay healthy with Summer Lunch Buddies program

Food security, especially access to healthy, nutritious foods, is critical for ending both child malnutrition, obesity and for helping young kids be ready for…

Children Gardening

Children try gardening in outdoor classroom

In gardens, children can learn outside of the classroom by investigating nature while teachers introduce basic science and math concepts.


FTF Graham/Greenlee Champion wants community to see how early childhood resonates into adulthood

Susan Elsberry was recently selected as the 2018 First Things First Graham/Greenlee Champion for Young Children.

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Mental health is an important part of early childhood developmental milestones

We celebrate Children’s Mental Health Awareness in May—a time to remember that a child’s future success depends on socio-emotional and behavioral…

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Arizona kindergarten teachers share the scoop on how to be successful in kindergarten

Every year, First Things First shares a list of things families can do over the summer to prepare their child for the first day of kindergarten. The tips have…

Q&A with Dawn Wilkinson

Q&A with AZAEYC Executive Director Dawn Wilkinson

​Find out about NAEYC’s Week of the Young Child™, an annual celebration to raise awareness of the importance of quality early learning.​​

Child Abuse Prevention Month - April 2018

Building stronger families and a stronger Arizona during National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, but prevention activities should be happening every day, every week, every month and every year, according to…

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Road map to educational success begins with quality early learning

The Arizona Education Progress Meter sets goals to strive toward and asks all Arizonans to support a shared vision of a “world class…

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