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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.

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Beverly Malone is the 2021 White Mountain Apache Tribe Champion for Young Children

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Beverly Malone has been selected as the 2021 First Things First White Mountain Apache Tribe Champion for Young Children.The award is given to local champions…

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Ana Bribiesca is the 2021 Yuma Champion for Young Children

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Ana Bribiesca has been selected as the 2021 First Things First Yuma Region Champion for Young Children.The award is given to local champions who actively…

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Maria Avila is the 2021 Pima North Champion for Young Children

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Maria Avila has been selected as the 2021 First Things First Pima North Region Champion for Young Children.The award is given to local champions who actively…

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Gloria Pliego is the 2021 Santa Cruz Region Champion

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Gloria Pliego has been selected as the 2021 First Things First Santa Cruz Region Champion for Young Children.The award is given to local champions who actively…

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Audrey Opitz is the 2021 Gila Champion for Young Children

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Audrey Opitz has been selected as the 2021 First Things First Gila Champion for Young Children.The award is given to local champions who actively volunteer…

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Pima County Parenting Coalition is the 2021 Pima South Champion for Young Children

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The Pima County Parenting Coalition has been selected as the 2021 First Things First Pima South Region Champion for Young Children.The award is given to local…

David Barko is the 2021 Yavapai Champion for Young Children

David Barko has been selected as the 2021 First Things First Yavapai Champion for Young Children.The award is given to local champions who actively devote…

Grace Hecht is the La Paz/Mohave Champion for Young Children

Grace Hecht of Bullhead City has been selected as the 2021 First Things First La Paz/Mohave Region Champion for Young Children. The award is given to local…

Mary Ann Sawyer is the 2021 Southeast Maricopa Champion for Young Children

Mary Ann Sawyer has been selected as the 2021 First Things First Southeast Maricopa Champion for Young Children.The award is given to local champions who…

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