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Family Resource Centers


  • Families with young children (birth to age 5)


Parents are a child’s first and best teachers. With helpful tools, information and services, families can support their child’s health, development and learning. And finding all this kind of support in one location makes things easier.


Family resource centers are community hubs for a wide range of programs and services in one convenient, friendly place. They may be located in a school, church or hospital, but no matter the location, family resource centers are available to support you and your family with:

  • Classes and workshops on positive parenting, child development, literacy, health and safety, and more
  • Family activities like story times, play groups, art and literacy programs
  • Referrals to other services like health care, housing resources, food assistance and more

Programs and services are available at no cost or low cost. You can bring your children with you, as child care is often provided while you take classes or get help from the knowledgeable and welcoming staff.

First Things First supports more than 30 family resource centers in Maricopa County and three in Santa Cruz County. 

Contact a family resource center near you to find out the days and times they’re open, their schedule of activities and available services.


  • Family Activities
  • Parenting Education
  • Supporting Children with Special Needs
  • Food Assistance
  • Nutrition & Physical Activity
  • Birth to Five Helpline



Family Resource Centers Success Stories

Mom smiling and holding her young son who is wearing a striped shirt

Family resource center helps Gilbert boy build self-esteem and self-discipline skills

  • Southeast Maricopa

West Valley family resource center helps two brothers with structure and routine

  • Northwest Maricopa
family with young son

3-year-old boy gets prepared for kindergarten at family resource center in Rio Rico

  • Santa Cruz
Family reading

Scottsdale Family Resource Center helps young sisters establish healthy emotional behaviors

  • East Maricopa

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