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New tool to help identify developmental milestones available to share with families

  • child development

The new Ages and Stages online tool offers activities that families can do with their child to promote healthy development.

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Great Expectations keeps pre-k teacher forever learning

  • early childhood

Pre-k teacher Ysidro Holmes is flourishing, thanks in part to support and mentoring from the Great Expectations program, funded through First Things First.

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New regional council members vow strong start for kids

  • AZ communities

Thirty four new regional partnership council members join the already 274 dedicated community members who serve on 28 FTF regional councils across Arizona.

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COVID-19 forces abrupt end to Arizona legislative session

  • AZ communities

The Arizona legislative session typically passes between 300 to 400 bills, but there was fewer than 100 this session which closed early due to the pandemic.

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2020 regional Champions for Young Children honored

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FTF is honoring early childhood champions throughout Arizona who actively volunteer to raise awareness of the importance of early childhood.

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Senators’ recent actions support early childhood

  • AZ communities

Sens. McSally and Sinema helped honor early childhood champions throughout Arizona by sending each champion a congratulatory certificate and letter.

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FTF College Scholarship recipient works to guide young Navajo children in the right direction

  • early childhood

The FTF Navajo Nation Regional Council is one of 15 FTF regions that supports professional development opportunities, including college scholarships.

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Childhood immunization rates slipping to dangerously low levels

  • child development

FTF is working with early childhood partners to urge families to keep their babies, toddlers and preschoolers on schedule for their immunizations.

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Dramatic drop in screening referrals prompts concern for early intervention for Arizona’s young…

  • child development

A 50% drop in referrals to Arizona’s Early Intervention Program has partners trying to reach parents about the importance of early screenings.

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