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Region Stories from Gila River Indian Community

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 hugging her two daughters

Quality First scholarships allow two sisters to access high-quality care

  • Quality First

Angelina Ramirez is a single mom who is determined to provide the best for her two daughters, Ella and Jewel. However, as a working mom, affording quality…

Mom with son

Sacaton teen finds support and compassion at Baby Smarts

  • parenting education

When high school teen Amy Rhodes found out she was pregnant, she worried about her baby’s future.She soon connected to Baby Smarts, a program funded by…

Home visits help Gila River teen parents keep toddler on track

  • parenting education

​​For Heidi Bruder, success comes in small doses. As the Teen Parent Case Manager for Gila River HealthCare, Bruder supports teen parents in the Gila River…

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