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Region Stories from Phoenix North

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.

Mother and daughter

Quality First preschool helps Phoenix preschooler grow socially and emotionally

  • Quality First

Phoenix mother finds Quality First preschool for her daughter to have the best opportunity to develop and gain the needed skills for kindergarten.

Angelica Rodriguez

Angelica Rodriguez is Phoenix North’s 2018 Champion for Young Children

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Angelica Rodriguez has been selected as the 2018 Phoenix North First Things First Champion for Young Children.The award is given to local champions who…

Mother with son

New Phoenix mom finds support to prepare her children to succeed in school

  • school readiness

​When Elizabeth Goings first moved to Phoenix with her husband, she did not have a lot of options for her young son, Joshua. With limited ability to speak…

Kindergarten Boot Camp encourages excitement for learning in Phoenix boy

  • school readiness

When Erica Sarmiento learned about Kindergarten Bootcamp, a Phoenix Public Library program funded by First Things First, she put it on the top of her…

Resource center helps Phoenix mother prepare her daughter socially and academically for school

  • family resource center

​​​On most days, Gaby Acosta refills the snack machines throughout various schools in the Washington Elementary School District in Phoenix as part of her…

Lisa Alvarez is Phoenix North’s 2017 Champion for Young Children

  • Champion

Lisa Alvarez has been selected as the 2017 Phoenix North First Things First Champion for Young Children.The award is given to local champions who actively…


Future looks and sounds brighter for preschool twins

  • developmental screenings

Hearing, vision and developmental challenges in young children can lead to learning problems later on. If detected early, however, many issues can be corrected…


Center teaches mom tools to support toddler’s learning

  • family resource center

Even though she has a successful career in business and community development, Lisa Armijo of Phoenix was like many new moms –unsure she had the skills to…

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