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Region Stories from Northwest 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.

Young girl holding balloons, wearing a graduation cap in front of a preschool graduation poster

Home visitation program helps new mom care for infant son in Wickenburg

  • Northwest Maricopa

The FTF Northwest Maricopa Regional Partnership Council funds the home visitation strategy that provides families visits with a trained parent educator.

NICU nurse reading book to newborn

Holly Lozano is the 2020 Northwest Maricopa Region Champion

  • Northwest Maricopa

Holly Lozano has been selected as the 2020 Northwest Maricopa First Things First Champion for Young Children.The award is given to local champions who actively…

West Valley family resource center helps two brothers with structure and routine

  • family resource centers

“I started planning their day and learned how to use positive redirection and how to make every moment a teachable moment,” Tiffany Vaz said.

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Jackie Schell is the 2019 Northwest Maricopa Region Champion

  • Northwest Maricopa

Jackie Schell has been selected as the 2019 First Things First Northwest Maricopa Region Champion for Young Children.

Girl in preschool with teacher

Quality early education provides Glendale girl a path to success

  • early learning

Maria Perez is a friendly and confident 7-year-old excited to start second grade at Saint Louis the King Catholic School in Glendale. She regularly…

Leslie Morrison

Leslie Morrison is Northwest Maricopa’s 2018 Champion for Young Children

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Leslie Morrison has been selected as the 2018 Northwest Maricopa First Things First Champion for Young Children.The award is given to local champions who…

Mom reading to daughter

Becoming kindergarten ready through pediatric care coordination in El Mirage

  • Northwest Maricopa

You may look at Gianna Cota today and see that she is a self-assured, motivated first grader who loves math and science, meeting new friends and learning new…


Quality First preschool prepares Wittman girl for kindergarten success

  • Quality First

When Laura Aguirre’s daughter Idali turned 3 years old, she knew she wanted to provide her with a safe, quality early learning environment where she could…


Peoria boy benefits from high quality care in his early years

  • Quality First

When Victoria Roybal needed to find child care for her toddler, she wanted most to find a caregiver she could trust.This was even more critical for her son…

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