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Region Stories from Santa Cruz

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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3-year-old boy gets prepared for kindergarten at family resource center in Rio Rico

  • Santa Cruz

The Rio Rico Family Resource center provided the Luna’s with free classes and other activities to help their son prepare for kindergarten.

Darcy Dixon

Darcy Dixon is the 2019 Santa Cruz Region Champion

  • champion

Darcy Dixon has been selected as the 2019 First Things First Santa Cruz Region Champion for Young Children.

young girl on first day of school

Quality First preschool helps Rio Rico girl fall in love with school

  • Quality First

Quality First preschool not only set up girl academically, but it set a strong foundation for socializing, which is so important at that age.

Laura Monarque

Laura Monarque is Santa Cruz’s 2018 Champion for Young Children

  • champion

Laura Monarque has been selected as the 2018 Santa Cruz First Things First Champion for Young Children.The award is given to local champions who actively…

Home visitation program prepares Nogales preschooler for kindergarten and beyond

  • parenting education

​Nicole Velasquez had heard of the Healthy Families AZ program, which includes home visitation through the family resource center in Nogales, where she took…

girl-smiling

Nogales mother learns how to prepare her daughter for kindergarten

  • school readiness

Yesenia’s baby daughter Melanie was only 18 days old when her mother enrolled in the Healthy Families Arizona program in Nogales.She was already a mom to…

girl-smiling

Nogales kindergartner finds success at family resource center

  • family resource center

It was a random visit to a neighborhood park where Jessica Fierro first learned about the Nogales Family Resource Center.A conversation with another parent…

Jennifer Argyros is Santa Cruz’s 2017 Champion for Young Children

  • champion

Jennifer Argyros has been selected as the 2017 Santa Cruz First Things First Champion for Young Children.The award is given to local champions who actively…

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