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Santa Cruz County celebrates February as Early Childhood Education Awareness Month

  • early childhood

For the third year in a row, community organizations across Santa Cruz County, including the First Things First Santa Cruz Region will have a common focus: how…

Quality First

Updated Quality First website offers new tools for parents seeking child care

  • Quality First

Recently revamped mobile-friendly Quality First website designed to get parents of babies, toddlers and preschoolers the information they need to find a…

FTF board chair receives awaard

Veteran FTF Board members lauded for their expertise, insight and visionary leadership

  • AZ communities

This year, three long-serving First Things First Board members will complete their terms of service: Ruth Solomon, Gayle Burns and Nadine Mathis Basha.

Map of Arizona

Bringing data to life in support of young kids

  • AZ communities

An interactive mapping tool helps the First Things First Navajo/Apache Regional Council make better informed decisions.

Family reading in child care setting

Changing the lives of families

  • Quality First

First Things First is sharing stories from Arizona families whose children were enrolled in a Quality First child care program and the difference it made.

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First Things First serves as a ready resource for early childhood information in Arizona

  • early childhood

First Things First continues to find opportunities to share information and resources for parents and caregivers.

First Things First CEO reading with children

A first-year CEO reflection and a look ahead

  • AZ communities

Marilee Dal Pra, chief executive officer of First Things First, shares thoughts about her initial year leading the organization and her hopes for building on…

Elderly man reading with young boy

Service organizations play important role in supporting early learning

  • AZ communities

Recently, more and more of service organizations have recognized that supporting early childhood health and development is critical to ensuring a positive…

Child care worker with two toddler on playgrounds

Quality First supports record number of quality child care and preschool programs

  • early learning

Arizona has hit an all-time high for the number of child care providers participating in Quality First that meet or exceed quality standards.

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