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Region Stories from Pinal

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.

Dani Duran is the 2021 Pinal Champion

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Dani Duran has been selected as the 2021 First Things First Pinal Champion for Young Children.The award is given to local champions who actively volunteer…

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Family, Friends and Neighbor program helps Maricopa grandmother prepare granddaughter for…

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The FTF Pinal Regional Partnership Council funds the Family, Friends and Neighbor program, which focuses on supporting in-home child care providers.

Kelly Cota

Kelly Cota is the 2020 Pinal Region Champion

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Kelly Cota has been selected as the 2020 First Things First Pinal Champion for Young Children.The award is given to local champions who actively volunteer…

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Quality First preschool sets up San Tan Valley boy for kindergarten success

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San Tan Valley boy didn’t just get by in kindergarten, he loved school and excelled in it.

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Quality First scholarship helps Coolidge boy become more independent

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Quality First scholarships help eligible families afford to send their child to quality child care centers and preschools.

Karen Bradley

Karen Bradley is Pinal’s 2018 Champion for Young Children

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Karen Bradley has been selected as the 2018 Pinal First Things First Champion for Young Children.The award is given to local champions who actively volunteer…

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Maricopa mom attributes kindergarten success to parenting education program

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Mid-year of kindergarten at Butterfield Elementary School in Maricopa, 5-year-old Ruby Hoeh’s reading indicators were assessed. She was performing at a…

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Pinal grandparents find help to overcome toddler’s learning delays

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Carla Jones of Maricopa suspected that something was wrong when her grandson was just 2 years old. Little Kémon showed signs of learning delays, and mumbled…

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Grandparents rise to the challenge

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Proud parents of two young girls, Katelyn Redlin and her husband live in Maricopa but work during the day in Chandler. Soon after their second child,…

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