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Week of the Young Child with parents and babies and toddlers

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Week of the Young Child

The national Week of the Young Child highlights the importance of early learning and the educators who support the positive development of young children.

Little girl with outstretched arms

Sharing the importance of investing in early childhood on Arizona Gives Day

  • AZ communities

FTF is sharing information on the Early Childhood Scholarship Fund, a fund at the Arizona Community Foundation, which supports Quality First Scholarships.

baby in yellow shirt getting an oral health screening

Services help to reach Arizona children most vulnerable to tooth decay

  • heal

Tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease and can cause lasting harm to a child’s health and impact their development.

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Data finds home visitation making an impact by reaching families most in need

  • home visitation

FTF recently shared a year of data showing that home visitation programs are reaching families who are most likely to benefit.

campaign billboard that reads Parenting Takes a Community

Community encouraged to support building strong families during month dedicated to prevent child…

  • family support

“Parenting takes a community” is the new statewide campaign to mark National Child Abuse Prevention month.

Programs aim to create stable environment for children of incarcerated parents

  • family support

FTF supports programs for families of young children who face challenges because they have a parent in jail or prison.

preschooler drawing at a table with stencils

Despite continued struggles, child care in Arizona finds support in new ways

  • early childhood

Early childhood providers discuss the challenges child care programs face in Arizona and how they are overcoming the odds.

FTF honors three “extraordinary” women for Board service

  • board

FTF celebrates the contributions of three outgoing Board members whose collective service spanned more than a decade. 

toddler looking surprised while laying on a blue blanket

Sharing how parents can build early literacy by talking to babies

  • language & literacy

Kat Willard, Senior Director of Family Support and Literacy at First Things First, shares creative ways to have intentional conversations with your little one.

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