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Q&A with Melinda Morrison Gulick, CEO of First Things First

  • AZ communities

Melinda Morrison Gulick joined First Things First as Chief Executive Officer on March 7. Read her first impressions and future plans for FTF.

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New book of common Hualapai words helps families of babies, toddlers and preschoolers encourage…

  • language preservation

A new book in the Hualapai language is designed to support efforts to begin teaching the language early to preserve culture and identity.

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Melinda Morrison Gulick chosen to lead FTF as new CEO

  • AZ communities

The First Things First Board recently selected Melinda Morrison Gulick as the agency’s next Chief Executive Officer.

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Early childhood supporters encouraged to remind families about expanded Child Tax Credit

  • AZ communities

The federal American Rescue Act recently expanded the Child Tax Credit that parents can receive per child.

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Statewide assessment will be useful for those who teach children before they reach kindergarten

  • AZ communities

Earlier this year, a statewide Kindergarten Entry Assessment was funded as part of Arizona’s early literacy initiatives.

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Keeping expectant mothers healthy before and after they give birth

  • health

The US is the only developed country in the world with a rising maternal mortality rate. And about 60% of maternal deaths are preventable.

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Phoenix child care center changes trajectory from crisis to success with Quality First supports

  • Phoenix South

Participating in Quality First contributed to the center’s growth. Quality First coaches helped the staff change the way they cared for kids.

Report: Don’t forget young kids in COVID-19 recovery

  • data & research

A new FTF report highlights the challenges Arizona’s young children faced before the pandemic, and how some of those barriers have worsened.

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Child care providers across Arizona struggle to fill open positions

  • child care

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated an already challenging hiring process and is reflected across the United States.

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