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New research shows strong return on investing in high quality early childhood programs

  • data & research

Economist James Heckman’s latest research suggests that investing in quality early childhood programs produces a 13 percent return on investment.…

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Screen Time Recommendations from Pediatricians

  • language & literacy

With digital media an ever-increasing part of daily life, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) shares recommendations and resources to help families make…


Thank you, Nadine

  • board

In recognition of her tireless efforts in support of young children and early childhood education in Arizona, First Things First Board Chair Nadine Mathis…

Education matters in the military

Why early childhood matters to…the military

  • early childhood

More than 600 retired admirals, generals and top military leaders who are part of Mission: Readiness advocate for high-quality early childhood experiences,…

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Litchfield Park educators lead innovative work to help prepare kids for kindergarten

  • AZ communities

A team of education leaders from the Litchfield Elementary School District are helping families access tools that help their young children prepare for…


2016 Annual Report details return on AZ’s early childhood investment

  • data & research

Since the inception of First Things First, the percentage of kindergarteners with untreated tooth decay has decreased by 8%. This and other notable…

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Audit: FTF is high-performing organization

  • investments

​Arizona’s Auditor General has released an 83-page audit that describes First Things First as a high-performing organization committed to continuous…

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Taking a bite out of school absences

  • school readiness

A recent report shows that First Things First and its early childhood partners are reducing untreated tooth decay among AZ kindergarteners, a leading cause of…


KidsCare Enrollment Now Open

  • health & nutrition

Enrollment in the state’s health insurance program for children in low-income working families has re-opened after a six-year freeze. As many as 30,000…

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