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Expanding child care options in Arizona one center at a time

  • child care

In recent years, across Arizona, FTF has supported expanded child care options through direct funding and collaborating on ideas.

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Creating a pipeline of early childhood teachers in eastern Arizona

  • professional development

A new 2+2 program will help early childhood teachers attain their bachelor’s degree in early childhood degree in eastern Arizona.

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Helping Arizona’s active military families find early childhood resources quickly

  • AZ communities

The collaboration between First Things First and Arizona’s military bases is evident during April’s Month of the Military Child.

Celebrating Arizona’s youngest learners

  • AZ communities

Earlier this month, First Things First teamed with the Arizona Association for the Education of Young Children (AzAEYC) to celebrate the Week of the Young…

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Monthly assistance available for Arizona’s child care providers

  • child care

The Arizona Department of Economic Security is offering monthly grants of $2,500 to $10,000 to licensed child care providers.

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Putting positive parenting into action with young children

  • parent education/awareness

FTF has partnered with ZERO TO THREE, to promote Positive Parenting, which focuses on building loving relationships through everyday moments.

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Q&A with Melinda Morrison Gulick, CEO of First Things First

  • AZ communities

Melinda Morrison Gulick joined First Things First as Chief Executive Officer on March 7. Read her first impressions and future plans for FTF.

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New book of common Hualapai words helps families of babies, toddlers and preschoolers encourage…

  • Hualapai Tribe

A new book in the Hualapai language is designed to support efforts to begin teaching the language early to preserve culture and identity.

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Melinda Morrison Gulick chosen to lead FTF as new CEO

  • AZ communities

The First Things First Board recently selected Melinda Morrison Gulick as the agency’s next Chief Executive Officer.

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