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Region Stories from Phoenix South

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.

Phoenix Quality First center helps children start kindergarten with skills to succeed

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The Family School in Phoenix participates in Quality First, which partners with early childhood providers to help young children be ready for kindergarten.

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Jessica Brown Anna Marie Smith are Phoenix South’s 2018 Champions for Young Children

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Jessica Brown and Anna Marie Smith have been selected as the 2018 Phoenix South First Things First Champion for Young Children.The award is given to local…

Kindergarten Boot Camp encourages excitement for learning in Phoenix boy

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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…

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Phoenix boy gets strong foundation from home visitation program

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After Porsche Brown gave birth to her first child, Zaire, she remembered taking him home and being extremely nervous about being a first-time parent. Even the…

Quality preschool puts Phoenix first grader at top of class

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​​Maria Jesus Cervantes’ initial experience with a poor quality child care center left her toddler crying every time she dropped her off.Through Quality…

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Family resource center empowers Phoenix boy to find independence

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Felicitas Padron of Phoenix assumed that her children’s learning started with their kindergarten teacher. The mother of three learned otherwise at the…

Brianna Spadafora is Phoenix South’s 2017 Champion for Young Children

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

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Quality preschool helps third grader reach top of the class

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When their daughter Natalia was just 18-months-old, long before preschool, Phoenix resident Maria de Jesus Cervantes and her husband began searching for a high…

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Scholarship program keep kids learning, parents working

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​​​​​​​As a single mom of three boys, Angie struggled to afford child care while still keeping food on the table. She has let the lights go out…

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