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Region Stories from Colorado River Indian Tribes

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.

mom and her son standing with his teacher

New grant provides quality early learning to kids of working families living in Parker

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When a local child care center in Parker closed, the FTF Colorado River Indian Tribes Regional Partnership Council stepped in.

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Daris Laffoon is the 2020 Colorado River Indian Tribes Region Champion

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Daris Laffoon has been selected as the 2020 First Things First Colorado River Indian Tribes Champion for Young Children. 

teacher working with two small boys

Gaining a first-time classroom experience before the first day of school

  • pre-K summer programs

FTF’s Transition to Kindergarten Strategy is designed to help children who have not had the benefit of attending preschool to get classroom experience.

members of the council

Summer Transition to Kindergarten program helps preschoolers from the Colorado River Indian Tribes…

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The program has proven to be very successful. Families have made a great effort to attend each class, and it has encouraged parents to learn with their…


Mariah Sharpe is Colorado River Indian Tribes’ 2018 Champion for Young Children

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Mariah Sharpe has been selected as the 2018 Colorado River Indian Tribes’ First Things First Champion for Young Children.The award is given to local…

Quality First program helps Parker siblings take center stage with learning

  • early care and education

​Amanda Lucas remembers that shortly after enrolling her 2 ½-year-old daughter Layla at the SonShine Center in Parker, the toddler was ready to take center…

Weekly storytime helps shy Parker boy socialize and build reading skills

  • school readiness

​​Chase Nelson started kindergarten with a bigger vocabulary and more self-confidence thanks to the Tuesdays he spent at the library with his mom.Andrea…

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