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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.

Healthy Families program helps Chandler girl develop and thrive

  • home visitation

The FTF East Maricopa Regional Partnership Council funds the Healthy Families program, which provides parents with free, in-home visits from a parent educator.

Ahwatukee boy learns to stay on track and reduce frustration at Quality First preschool

  • Quality First

The FTF East Maricopa Region funds Quality First so families can send their children to quality child care programs.

Parents say Quality First helped their children with a strong start for kindergarten

  • Quality First

Many times, parents don’t know where to begin their search for a quality child care center or preschool. makes it easy.

Teacher, wearing a mask, is looking up to student, pointing at a card. Quality First program.

Quality First provides ‘comradery among educators’

  • Quality First

After opening Casa de Montessori, the center director was looking to improve. Joining the Quality First program was the perfect solution.

Darla Holmes is the 2022 East Maricopa Champion

  • champion

Darla Holmes has been selected as the 2022 First Things First East Maricopa Region Champion for Young Children.The award is given to local champions who…

Welcome new regional council members

New regional council members share expertise and passion

  • AZ communities

There are 36 new regional partnership council members joining the more than 250 dedicated community members across Arizona.

Family resource center in Chandler helps parents give strong early literacy foundation to daughters

  • East Maricopa

The FTF East Maricopa Regional Council funds Chandler CARE Family Resource Center to provide a community hub of services and programs for children birth to age…

Ann Lynn DiDomenico is the 2021 East Maricopa Region Champion

  • champion

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…

Dad with beard, mom in navy blue dress, toddler boy, son in yellow t-shirt

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

  • family support

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

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