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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.

Promoting Nurturing Parenting program, SRPMIC 2022 Impact Report Story

Teen parenting program nurtures relationship between young parents and their children

  • parent education/awareness

The First Things First Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Regional Partnership Council funds the Promoting Nurturing Parenting program to provide family…

family resource centers, southeast Maricopa 2022 Impact Report story, mom sitting on floor playing with kids

Mesa resource center helps family create quality early learning experiences for sisters

  • family resource centers

The FTF Southeast Maricopa Regional Partnership Council funds family resource centers to provide a community hub of services, programs, guidance and support…

Family Friend and Neighbor program

Casa Grande provider helping children learn and grow

  • Family Friend and Neighbor program

The FTF Pinal Regional Council funds the program to support caregivers in helping the young children in their care to learn and grow.

LENA Start Program, Phoenix South 2022 Impact Report story, mom and baby daughter

Phoenix library program helps parents make the most of talking with their baby

  • parent education/awareness

The FTF Phoenix South Regional Council funds the library’s LENA Start program to provide parents and caregivers with ways to learn about positive parenting…

family resource centers, four siblings sit in chairs next to each other

Surprise family resource center helps get great grandmother resources to help four great…

  • Northwest Maricopa

The FTF Northwest Maricopa funds family resource centers to provide families with the information, services and support they need to help their children…

Four siblings holding hands in forest, Arizona Children's Association

Parenting classes help mother of four prepare her daughter for kindergarten

  • parent education/awareness

The FTF Navajo/Apache Regional Council funds the Arizona’s Children Association to host programs such as Kinder Prep and Brain Time at the Snowflake library.

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, Gila 2022 Impact Report Story

Library program fosters children’s love of reading

  • parent education/awareness

The FTF Gila Regional Partnership Council funds the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program through the Gila County Library District.

Nutrition Obesity and Physical Activity, preschooler posing in front of a lake holding a snack

Parker family gets physical

  • nutrition and physical activity

The FTF Colorado River Indian Tribes Regional Partnership Council funds the Nutrition, Obesity and Physical Activity (NOPA) program in Parker, where Aspa’s…

home visitation, quote from father Rigo Mendoza

Cocopah Early Steps guides father and children to new milestones

  • Cocopah Tribe

The FTF Cocopah Tribe Regional Council funds the home visitation program, which offers weekly and bi-weekly visits from a trained parent educator.

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