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Region Stories from Navajo Nation

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.

Shimá Storytelling, 2023 Navajo Nation Region Champion for Young Children

Shimá Storytelling is the Navajo Nation Region Champion

  • champion

Shimá Storytelling has been selected as the 2023 First Things First Navajo Nation Region Champion for Young Children. The award is given to local champions…

Native American woman breastfeeding a baby girl.

Supporting young Navajo families through traditional practices during and after pregnancy

  • Navajo Nation

As part of FTF’s celebration of Native American Heritage month, we will host free panel sessions in November to learn about Arizona’s tribes.

Conference room with people sitting around tables.

Northern Arizona community members discuss child care challenges and potential solutions

  • child care

The forum at Twin Arrows conference center outside of Flagstaff was the second quarterly gathering on Strengthening the Child Care Workforce.

Mother standing with her two children

Quality First program helps Many Farms preschooler improve her speech

  • Quality First

The FTF Navajo Nation Regional Partnership Council 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.

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.

Delton Francis

Delton Francis is the Navajo Nation Region Champion

  • champion

Delton Francis has been selected as the 2022 First Things First Navajo Nation Region Champion for Young Children.The award is given to local champions who…

little girl standing with woman in glasses looking at her

Efforts expand to support the social and emotional health of young children during challenging times

  • mental health

An influx of federal money will allow more providers to access early childhood mental health consultation during a climate of uncertainty.

Young boy sitting on a bed surrounded by books and activities.

Kith and Kin Project helps speech development of young Kayenta boy

  • tribal

The FTF Navajo Nation Regional Council funds the Kith and Kin Project for family, friends and neighbors who provide home-based child care.

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