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New year brings new opportunities for supporting Arizona’s young children

  • early childhood

Challenging times are also times of opportunity. Let us use the momentum to push for meaningful and long-lasting change for early childhood.

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Early childhood staff in Whiteriver honored for ‘reziliency’ during pandemic

  • White Mountain Apache Tribe

The shelter and child care center were recently named Rezilient Champions for White Mountain Apache Children.

A Yuma mom shares how home visitation changed her parenting life

  • Yuma

The video is a conversation with Yuma mother on the impact home visitation made on her parenting and the success she’s seen in her son.

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PNC Foundation grant to help child care centers address COVID-19 health and safety concerns

  • child care

The PNC Foundation recently awarded FTF a grant to create the AZ Healthy Child Care Helpline for child care providers.

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Top 5 reasons to start saving early with an AZ529 Education Savings Account

  • early childhood

AZ529 is a state-sponsored 529 Plan designed to help parents, family and friends save for a young child’s future educational expenses.

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Find simple ways to be a champion for young children with FTF’s Take Action page

  • early childhood

FTF’s Take Action page offers easy ways to connect with FTF, such as signing up for our mailing list and following us on social media.

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Supporting families of young kids virtually

  • early childhood

For many who work with young children, technology has offered an alternative way to provide families with resources and support.

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Safe sleep campaign brings awareness to keeping babies safe

  • safety

The baby should sleep alone, on his or her back and in a crib, which is the safest place for babies to sleep.

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Quality early learning continues to improve in Arizona

  • Quality First

Over the past seven years, both enrollment and quality levels have improved among providers participating in Quality First.

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