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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.

Ann Lynn DiDomenico is the 2021 East Maricopa Region Champion

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Ann Lynn DiDomenico has been selected as the 2021 First Things First East Maricopa Region Champion for Young Children.The award is given to local champions who…

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

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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

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“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.”

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Local governments eyeing investments in quality early learning

  • East Maricopa

A city-funded high-quality preschool program is showing other Arizona cities and towns that investing in its youngest residents pays off.

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

  • East Maricopa

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

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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…

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