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Region Stories from Graham/Greenlee

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.

Safford library story time helps instill love of learning in girl

  • Graham/Greenlee

When Chandler Aaron was 9 months old, her mom went back to work as a school teacher. Luckily for Chandler, her grandma Barbara Matthews became her full-time…

Michelle Pursley

Michelle Pursley is the 2019 Graham/Greenlee Region Champion

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Michelle Pursley has been selected as the 2019 First Things First Graham/Greenlee Region Champion for Young Children.

Daughter and mother playing with blocks

On-campus child care center helps Safford girl be ready for kindergarten

  • Quality First

Family and friends encouraged teen mom to enroll at an alternative high school with an on-campus child care center, so she could continue her education.

Susan Elsberry

Susan Elsberry is Graham/Greenlee’s 2018 Champion for Young Children

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Susan Elsberry has been selected as the 2018 Graham/Greenlee First Things First Champion for Young Children.The award is given to local champions who actively…

Reading bonds siblings in Graham County

  • strong families

Trever Sanchez’s favorite pastime has always been reading.His grandmother, Cindy Stratton, remembers first being introduced to the Dolly Parton…

Paulette LeBlanc is Graham/Greenlee’s 2017 Champion for Young Children

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Paulette LeBlanc has been selected as the 2017 Graham/Greenlee First Things First Champion for Young Children.The award is given to local champions who…


Military veteran finds quality child care to help son learn and grow

  • Quality First

Kyle Wright, a veteran, was running out of options.The Navy veteran and single dad was working full-time and taking college classes through the GI Bill, and he…


Early literacy programs prepare Safford kindergartener for success

  • school readiness

Stacy Broman-McAdams was new to the Safford community when she first saw an ad for Toddler Story Time at the Safford Library.​Broman-McAdams, an experienced…

Access to safe, quality child care gives family a boost

  • Quality First

​​​​​How does a single father raise three little girls and hold a job? For the family of Safford resident Joshua, the First United Methodist…

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