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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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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.”

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

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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…


Home visitation program helps lay foundation of learning for Ahwatukee girl

  • school readiness

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

  • parenting education

​​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…


Toddler blossoms through early learning scholarship

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Chandler mom Torre Valentine is a big proponent of quality early childhood education. “It helps to set a foundation for how (a child’s) future is going to…

Tempe mom credits kids’ school success to empowering parenting program

  • school readiness

​​​​Liliana Acosta had five children’s books in her home and would read them to her children every night. But, her daughter’s preschool teachers…

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