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Arizona Parent Kit inspires Lake Havasu City preschooler’s love for reading

  • child development

First Things First provides the Arizona Parent Kit free of charge to parents of all newborns in the state before they leave the hospital or birthing center.

helping boys thrive summit

Helping boys thrive

  • child development

All young children need positive, nurturing relationships with caring adults to support their healthy development. But boys grow and develop in their own,…

boy pointing to number chart

As Native American Heritage Month is recognized, importance of teaching young children native…

  • early learning

This year, the importance of teaching young children native language is being highlighted during November’s Native American Heritage Month.

newborn getting a hearing test

Working together to better meet the developmental needs of Arizona’s youngest children

  • health

Ensuring a child’s healthy development is a partnership between families, non-profit and public agencies, health care providers, early educators and other…

mom working with daughter to sort colored balls.

Helping families find the best fit for home visitation

  • family support

A program supported by First Things First is making it a little easier for families to find support as their child’s first teacher through in-home visits.

Walter Gilliam

How bias plays a part in early childhood expulsion

  • early childhood

Walter Gilliam presented Early Childhood Expulsion and Bias: How We Can Do Better for Our Children, at the 2019 First Things First Early Childhood Summit.

Breastfeeding

First Baby Café in Arizona named after former FTF regional partnership council member

  • health

The Summit Healthcare Leslie Meyer Baby Café is named after long-time FTF Navajo/Apache Regional Council member Leslie Meyer, who passed away this year.

2019 annual report

FTF’s 2019 Annual Report details how young lives are impacted throughout Arizona

  • early childhood

The FTF 2019 annual report details working with communities and families to promote school readiness in Arizona’s young children.

Liz Barker Alvarez

FTF Chief Policy Advisor recognized for exemplary leadership

  • AZ communities

Liz Barker Alvarez, FTF’s Chief Policy Advisor, was recently recognized as one of 12 Profiles of Success by Valle del Sol.

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