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Harvard Innovation in Government Award

Harvard recognizes FTF among Top 25 Innovations in American Government

  • board

First Things First’s innovative tiered governance structure engages Arizonans as volunteer leaders.

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Partnership with Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation provides new tools for preventing tooth decay

  • health and nutrition

Preventing oral disease and developing good oral health starts at birth. This partnership is providing new parents with tools to establish good habits before…

Parent Kit wins tapi award

Parent Kit honored as AZ Big Shot

  • health and nutrition

The award recognizes FTF for educating the public about the value of immunization as a preventive health strategy.​

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.​

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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,…

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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…

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