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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 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,…


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…


Thank you, Nadine

  • board

In recognition of her tireless efforts in support of young children and early childhood education in Arizona, First Things First Board Chair Nadine Mathis…

Education matters in the military

Why early childhood matters to…the military

  • early childhood

More than 600 retired admirals, generals and top military leaders who are part of Mission: Readiness advocate for high-quality early childhood experiences,…

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