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Region Stories from East Maricopa

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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Nurse-Family Partnership helps first-time mom learn how to take of care of infant son in Tempe

  • child development

The Nurse-Family Partnership program provides regular visits by trained nurses starting in early pregnancy through the child’s second year.

Sharyn Weinheimer

Sharyn Weinheimer is the 2020 East Maricopa Region Champion

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Sharyn Weinheimer has been selected as the 2020 First Things First East Maricopa Regional Champion for Young Children.The award is given to local champions who…

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Scottsdale Family Resource Center helps young sisters establish healthy emotional behaviors

  • family resource centers

“These programs have made a difference for our family,” Chris Ortiz said. “I genuinely feel that I have become a more capable and confident parent.”

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.

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Positive experiences at Quality First preschool impact all seven Scottsdale siblings

  • Quality First Scholarships

Scottsdale siblings received early education at Quality First preschool and their positive experiences impacted the entire family.

Normalicia Blanco

Normalicia Blanco is East Maricopa’s 2018 Champion for Young Children

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Normalicia Blanco has been selected as the 2018 East Maricopa First Things First Champion for Young Children.The award is given to local champions who actively…

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Home visitation program helps lay foundation of learning for Ahwatukee girl

  • home visitation

Like all expecting parents, Marriott Hileman dreamed of raising a successful child. When Sofia was born, Hileman made the decision to stay home so she could…

Family resource center helps Tempe mom support daughter’s learning

  • family support

​​When Maricela Romero became a mother, she wanted her daughter Emily to have a better childhood experience than the one she remembered. But it wasn’t…

Debe Morena

Debe Morena is East Maricopa’s 2017 Champion for Young Children

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Debe Moreno has been selected as the 2017 East Maricopa First Things First Champion for Young Children.The award is given to local champions who actively…

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