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These stories illustrate how early childhood programs and services funded by First Things First make a difference for young children and families in communities across Arizona.

Bernie Kniffen

Bernie Kniffin is the 2019 San Carlos Apache Region’s Champion

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Bernie Kniffin has been selected as the 2019 First Things First San Carlos Apache Region Champion for Young Children.

Kathy Farreta

Kathy Farretta is the 2019 Coconino Region Champion

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Kathy Farretta has been selected as the 2019 First Things First Coconino Region Champion for Young Children.

Kim Waggoner

Kim Waggoner is the 2019 East Maricopa Region Champion

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Kim Waggoner has been selected as the 2019 First Things First East Maricopa Region Champion for Young Children.

Kari Logsdon is the 2019 White Mountain Apache Tribe Region Champion

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Kari Logsdon has been selected as the 2019 First Things First White Mountain Apache Tribe Region Champion for Young Children.

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Summer transition program helps prepare Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community boy for…

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The four-week program gives pre-kindergarten students a chance to get classroom experience and interact with other students and teachers.

Phoenix Quality First center helps children start kindergarten with skills to succeed

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The Family School in Phoenix participates in Quality First, which partners with early childhood providers to help young children be ready for kindergarten.

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Home-based Quality First center in Mesa helps ‘sympathetic soul’ excel

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The home-based Quality First center has a small family setting, a low number of children and a director passionate about early education and children.

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Vail preschooler builds his problem solving skills at Quality First center

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At Creation School in Vail, the team of teachers work with children to develop academic and social-emotional skills needed for the rest of their lives.

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In-home child care puts quality first and helps Buckeye boy test early into kindergarten

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With help from a Quality First scholarship, the Linos enrolled their son in a licensed in-home child care center in Buckeye.

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