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Working to connect babies, toddlers and preschoolers to outdoor spaces

  • play

Research shows that connecting young children with nature contributes to their healthy development, including cognitively and emotionally.

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Parents say Quality First helped their children with a strong start for kindergarten

  • Quality First

Many times, parents don’t know where to begin their search for a quality child care center or preschool. QualityFirstAZ.com makes it easy.

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First Things First 2022 Annual Report highlights collective successes working to improve outcomes…

  • AZ communities

The report provides information on FTF-funded services that reached thousands of young children, families and the professionals who serve them.

Child care providers can get free support with Quality First

  • child care

The last few years have been very hard for child care providers. Quality First is here to help.

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Child care scholarships available for airport employees

  • child care

The City of Phoenix Airport Worker Child Care Scholarship Program should help more airport worker families afford quality child care.

Jeanine Bashir

FTF senior regional director recognized for helping community members lead healthy lives

  • Phoenix South

Jeanine Bashir, an FTF senior regional director, was recently honored with a Profiles of Success award by Valle del Sol.

Teacher, wearing a mask, is looking up to student, pointing at a card. Quality First program.

Quality First provides ‘comradery among educators’

  • Quality First

After opening Casa de Montessori, the center director was looking to improve. Joining the Quality First program was the perfect solution.

First Things First Yavapai Region honored with Eddie Basha Award for Leadership and Service

  • Yavapai

The FTF Yavapai Regional Council was honored for its collective work to improve support services for families with young children.

2022 Champions for Young Children Award, early childhood champions

2022 FTF Champions helping their community better understand the importance of the early years

  • AZ communities

FTF is honoring early childhood champions throughout Arizona who actively volunteer to raise awareness of the importance of early childhood.

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