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International Decade of Indigenous Languages

First Things First joins in recognizing the International Decade of Indigenous Languages

  • language preservation

Some FTF regions support a Native Language Preservation Strategy to give families tools to promote their children’s language development.

Maria Elena Ochoa is the 2022 Pinal Champion

  • champion

Maria Elena Ochoa has been selected as the 2022 First Things First Pinal Champion for Young Children.The award is given to local champions who actively…

Welcome new regional council members

New regional council members share expertise and passion

  • AZ communities

There are 36 new regional partnership council members joining the more than 250 dedicated community members across Arizona.

Woman holding newborn baby, who has their eyes closed.

Advocates work together to provide support to expectant parents to reduce substance-exposed births

  • Pinal

The SHIFT program, which stands for Safe, Healthy Infants and Families Thrive, was started through the Pinal County Courts.

woman in pink tshirt holding up a board book in front of a small child.

Pinal community members work together to support families of young children

  • Pinal

The Pinal Early Childhood Coalition has a mission that all the county’s children are prepared for kindergarten.

Sensory and developmental screening helps identify speech delay in Queen Creek

  • Pinal

Like many Queen Creek families last year, Tori Shank, her husband Nathan, and their infant daughter Kayleen didn’t have a lot of interactions with other…

Dani Duran is the 2021 Pinal Champion

  • champion

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…

Programs aim to create stable environment for children of incarcerated parents

  • family support

FTF supports programs for families of young children who face challenges because they have a parent in jail or prison.

Grandparents smiling on the sofa with their grandchildren

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

  • early learning

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

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