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Reading with Your Baby

New FTF video helps parents make reading with their baby a daily routine

  • early learning

​A new​ video designed to show parents easy tips for reading with their babies is now available from First Things First.

CEO with Art Rolnick and Brian Spicker

2018 Legislative Day at Arizona State Capitol brings attention to early childhood issues

  • public affairs

​T​he second annual Early Childhood Legislative Day at the Arizona State Capitol on Feb. 15 was a great success with dozens of attendees, including…

Head shot of Sherry Markel

Newest FTF Board Member: Dr. Sherry Markel

  • board

​Earlier this month, Gov. Doug Ducey nominated Dr. Sherry Markel to fill the last remaining seat on the First Things First Board.

Family with child reading

Arizona kids less likely to get screened

  • child development

​​Efforts underway to increase screening rates and connect families to resources​

toddler oral health - Mom brushing child's teeth

Something to smile about: Dental Health Month

  • health and nutrition

Parents and caregivers are the first defense in helping prevent tooth decay in Arizona’s youngest children.

Marilee Dal Pra First Things First CEO

Q&A with new FTF CEO Marilee Dal Pra

  • AZ communities

In late December, Marilee Dal Pra began serving as chief executive officer of First Things First. Learn more about her experience, vision and passion for the…


Let’s all resolve to do more for Arizona’s youngest kids

  • early childhood

​​Building Bright Futures – our biennial statewide report – is a must-read for anyone seeking to understand the challenges facing Arizona’s young…


Volunteer seats open to those who want to be a voice for young kids

  • early childhood

Volunteering to serve on a First Things First regional partnership council is an opportunity to share your leadership and make a positive impact on children…


FTF launches innovative awareness initiative with City of Surprise

  • AZ communities

​Pa​rents visiting the Surprise Resource Center with young children now have a developmentally-friendly playroom to have fun and learn more about early…

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