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Arizona survey shows child care challenges impacting working families and their jobs

  • early care and education

A recent survey of Arizona’s working parents shows that 35% said they have left a job in the past year due to child care issues.

More than 400 Arizona child care programs benefited from emergency investment in quality child…

  • Quality First

Over the past 3 years, using federal funds, 413 child care providers were able to join the Quality First program.

Native American woman breastfeeding a baby girl.

Supporting young Navajo families through traditional practices during and after pregnancy

  • Native American Heritage Month

As part of FTF’s celebration of Native American Heritage month, we will host free panel sessions in November to learn about Arizona’s tribes.

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First scholar completes Child Development Associate credential through FTF support

  • professional development

Karen Preston recently became the first scholar in Arizona to complete her CDA through online courses sponsored by First Things First.

Federal pandemic era assistance to Arizona’s child care industry is ending. What does that mean…

  • child care

Federal child care assistance is ending as advocates warn of a child care cliff that jeopardizes working families, employers and Arizona’s economy.

First Things First 2023 Annual Report highlights outcomes of work and collaboration in Arizona

  • early care and education

Today’s babies, toddlers and preschoolers are our state’s generation next—the generation that in just a couple of decades will be entering the workforce…

Three new Board members bring diverse expertise to First Things First

  • board

The First Things First Board recently welcomed three new members. Dr. Darlene Melk, Francisco Muñoz and Steve Peru.

Longtime FTF regional council members honored with Eddie Basha Excellence Award

  • Regional Partnership Councils

FTF regional partnership council members who achieved 15 years of volunteering with FTF received the Eddie Basha Award.

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Northern Arizona community members discuss child care challenges and potential solutions

  • Coconino

The forum at Twin Arrows conference center outside of Flagstaff was the second quarterly gathering on Strengthening the Child Care Workforce.

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