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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

  • social-emotional development

Preventing child abuse and neglect is something everyone can play a role in.​

Q&A with Melissa Busby

Q&A with AZAEYC President Melissa Busby

  • early learning

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

Preventing Hunger

Tackling childhood hunger and obesity in Maricopa County

  • health and nutrition

First Things First regions in Maricopa County are part of a new systems-building partnership to reduce hunger, increase access to nutritious foods and reduce…

Important skills

The most important skills kids need to succeed in life

  • language

American adults think language and literacy skills are needed to do well in life. Early childhood is the best time to help kids develop them.​

legislative-day

Legislative Day at Arizona State Capitol connects policymakers with early childhood stakeholders

  • AZ communities

The inaugural event highlighted why early childhood is critical to the future of our state and how it links to shared priorities such as healthy children,…

champion-vedock

Arizona pediatrician promotes the importance of the early years

  • health and nutrition

As a parent of a two young children, Dr. Kathleen Vedock knows firsthand the critical importance of the first five years in a child’s development and shares…

Innovation in Government Award

FTF named semifinalist in Harvard’s 2017 Innovations in American Government Awards competition

  • board

“What makes government work best is the drive to do better.” First Things First’s citizen-led, tiered governance structure was recognized as…

heckman quote

New research shows strong return on investing in high quality early childhood programs

  • Quality First

Economist James Heckman’s latest research suggests that investing in quality early childhood programs produces a 13 percent return on investment.…

screen time

Screen Time Recommendations from Pediatricians

  • child development

With digital media an ever-increasing part of daily life, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) shares recommendations and resources to help families make…

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