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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.

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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.

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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…


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…


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…


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,…


Pinal brothers use Fun Van to prepare for kindergarten

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Eli Macias was a quiet 3 year old from Casa Grande when he started participating in the First Things First-funded mobile literacy program called Fun Van. Soon,…

Gracie Laguna is Pinal’s 2017 Champion for Young Children

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Gracie Laguna has been selected as the 2017 Pinal First Things First Champion for Young Children.The award is given to local champions who actively volunteer…

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