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Region Stories from Navajo/Apache

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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Healthy Steps helps Holbrook sisters stay on track for kindergarten

  • Navajo/Apache

Healthy Steps for Young Children customizes services to meet individual family needs through enhanced well-child care, home visits and parent information.

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Pastor Travis Schroeder is the 2019 Navajo/Apache Region Champion

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Pastor Travis Schroeder has been selected as the 2019 First Things First Navajo/Apache Region Champion for Young Children.

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Home-based Quality First center helps Show Low child be ready for kindergarten

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A Show Low mom was looking for full-time child care for her newborn son. After some research, she found Tracy’s Child Care Center, through Quality First.

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Dave Clark is Navajo/Apache’s 2018 Champion for Young Children

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Dave Clark has been selected as the 2018 Navajo/Apache Region First Things First Champion for Young Children.The award is given to local champions who actively…


Good oral health becomes family tradition for Heber family

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For Tiffany Western and her five children, oral health has become a family tradition.First Things First funds the oral health program in the Navajo/Apache…

Support for Holbrook grandparents raising grandchildren

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Cathy Grant’s grandson had a rough start in life.When he and his younger sister came to live with Grant, Jacob was almost 4. Yet, he had speech delays and…

Healthy Steps helps Joseph City preschooler find help to be successful in school

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​​Around the time that Sherri McCollan’s daughter Carmen turned 4 years old, she began to notice some changes in her daughter’s personality. McCollan…

Clay Stidham Jr. is Navajo/Apache’s 2017 Champion for Young Children

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Clay Stidham Jr. has been selected as the 2017 Navajo/Apache First Things First Champion for Young Children.The award is given to local champions who actively…

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Infants, parents take healthy steps together

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Healthy Steps Newborn Behavioral Observation (NBO) is a free program funded by First Things First and offered through Summit Regional Medical Center in Show…

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