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FTF Board welcomes three new members

  • board

​​Governor Doug Ducey has nominated three outstanding community leaders to serve on the First Things First Board: Amelia Flores, Rev. Darren Hawkins and…


Why early childhood matters to superintendents

  • early childhood

​According to a national study, 77 percent of U.S. public school superintendents say early childhood care and education has a great deal of impact on a…

Help them get there

“Help Them Get There” wins regional Emmy Award

  • early childhood

The 30-second public service announcement is part of FTF’s effort to raise awareness of the importance of early childhood.


Green Valley Rotary Club supports early learning opportunities in their community

  • early learning

When Rotary member Chad Densen shared that the Early Learning Center in his town was in need, the Valley Verde Rotary members wanted to help. For many…

CEO Marliee Dal Pra

Dal Pra selected to lead First Things First

  • board

The First Things First Board has selected Marilee Dal Pra as the organization’s next chief executive officer, overseeing statewide efforts to expand services…


National experts encourage community response to adverse childhood experiences in Arizona

  • social-emotional development

​National experts recently visited Arizona to share how everyone can do their part to help prevent or lessen the impact of adverse childhood experiences,…


Read our 2017 annual report

  • AZ communities

Learn about the impact FTF programs have had on children and families over the past year, as well as system-building efforts that are expanding resources for…

Dr. Li Keynote

Fred Rogers Center’s Junlei Li delivers inspiring keynote at FTF Summit

  • early learning

​Watch Junlei Li, co-director of the Fred Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College, open the 2017 First Things First Early Childhood Summit with a captivating…

Quality First Study

Study: Quality First works to improve and measure quality in early learning

  • early learning

A recent study has proven that Quality First works to improve the quality of early learning settings and that the scale used to rate programs does reflect…

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