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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.

Quality First helps Hualapai teachers understand the importance of interactions with children

  • Hualapai Tribe

The FTF Hualapai Regional Partnership Council funds Quality First so families can send their children to quality child care programs.

three kids smiling and wearing glasses

Vision screenings help San Carlos grandkids see clearly

  • San Carlos Apache

The FTF San Carlos Apache Region funds developmental, hearing and vision screenings to improve the number of screenings for children in the region. 

Whiteriver toddler benefits from parenting tips her mother received in home visits

  • White Mountain Apache Tribe

The FTF White Mountain Apache Region funds the Parents as Teachers program, which provides parents with free, in-home visits from a parent educator.

Mother standing with her two children

Quality First program helps Many Farms preschooler improve her speech

  • Navajo Nation

The FTF Navajo Nation Regional Partnership Council funds Quality First so families can send their children to quality child care programs.

Maria Elena Ochoa is the 2022 Pinal Champion

  • Pinal

Maria Elena Ochoa has been selected as the 2022 First Things First Pinal Champion for Young Children.The award is given to local champions who actively…

Tanya Montez is the 2022 Graham/Greenlee Champion

  • Graham/Greenlee

Tanya Montez has been selected as the 2022 First Things First Graham/Greenlee Champion for Young Children.The award is given to local champions who actively…

The Pascua Yaqui Tribe Health Services Division is the 2022 FTF Pascua Yaqui Tribe Champion

  • Champions

The Pascua Yaqui Tribe Health Services Division has been selected as the 2022 First Things First Pascua Yaqui Tribe Champion for Young Children.The award is…

Cody Alvarez is the Phoenix North Champion

  • Phoenix North

Cody Alvarez has been selected as the 2022 First Things First Phoenix North Region Champion for Young Children.The award is given to local champions who…

Ruben Gonzalez is the 2022 Phoenix South Champion

  • Phoenix South

Ruben Gonzalez has been selected as the 2022 First Things First Phoenix South Regional Champion for Young Children.The award is given to local champions who…

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