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  • Families with young children (birth to age 5) who need child care


Choosing a child care program for your baby, toddler or preschooler is a big decision, and quality is one of the most important factors to consider. Quality early learning programs help young children develop many important social, emotional and learning skills. Research shows that children who attend high-quality child care and preschool programs go on to do better in school and in life.


First Things First created Quality FIrst to improve the quality of early learning in Arizona. More than 1,000 child care providers and preschool programs across our state participate in Quality First. All are licensed and regulated. And all are committed to quality improvement, going beyond regulatory requirements to help children in their care learn and develop the skills they’ll need to be ready for kindergarten.

Three-quarters of the child care and preschool programs that participate in Quality First have earned ratings that meet or exceed quality standards (3-stars and above). And all are committed to improving the quality of early care and education they provide for young children and families.

Many programs also offer Quality First Scholarships that help low-income families afford quality early learning for their young children.

Find Quality First Programs Near You

Visit QualityFirstAZ.com to find child care providers and preschool programs in your Arizona community that participate in Quality First.


Child Care and Preschool Success Stories

Mom smiling with her three daughters around her

Quality First preschool helps three sisters from San Luis succeed in kindergarten and beyond

  • Yuma
Mom squatting down to embrace daughter at eye-level

Quality First center in northwest Phoenix supports foster child’s social skills in classroom

  • Phoenix North
Gage family photo, dad, mom, two sons standing outside near a tree

Quality First scholarship in Show Low helps shy 3-year-old boy socially prepare for kindergarten

  • Navajo/Apache

Quality First preschools in Globe-Miami area helping children prepare for kindergarten

  • Gila

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