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Volunteer to be a voice for young children in your Arizona community

  • AZ communities

FTF is looking for volunteers who will collaborate with other dedicated community members in local communities across the state.

Quality First provider says loss of the program will be a detriment to families with young children

  • early care and education

Little Giants is one of about 400 child care providers scheduled to lose access to Quality First professional development and other benefits.

2023 Statewide Needs and Assets Annual Report

FTF report details challenges facing Arizona’s youngest children

  • early care and education

Building Bright Futures, 2023 Statewide Needs and Assets Annual Report is FTF’s biennial assessment of the status of young children.

Woman wearing a red tshirt is in a classroom working with small chlidren gathered around a table with shapes. Child care shortages in Arizona.

Child care shortages cost Arizona $4.7 billion every year

  • AZ communities

A newly released report says Arizona loses $4.7 billion each year because of the lack of availability of child care for children under age 5.

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 providers

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

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