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Region Stories from Southeast Maricopa

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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Jeanie Pefferly is the 2019 Southeast Maricopa Region Champion

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Jeanie Pefferly has been selected as the 2019 First Things First Southeast Maricopa Region Champion for Young Children.

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Home-based Quality First center in Mesa helps ‘sympathetic soul’ excel

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The home-based Quality First center has a small family setting, a low number of children and a director passionate about early education and children.

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Marissa Calderon is Southeast Maricopa’s 2018 Champion for Young Children

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Marissa Calderon has been selected as the 2018 Southeast Maricopa First Things First Champion for Young Children.The award is given to local champions who…

Tillie Peralta is Southeast Maricopa’s 2017 Champion for Young Children

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Tillie Peralta has been selected as the 2017 Southeast Maricopa First Things First Champion for Young Children.The award is given to local champions who…

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Parents as Teachers helps Gilbert couple teach fragile son

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For Scott and Pat Hall of Gilbert, their adopted son Ethan was a miracle. Born seven weeks early and weighing only 4 pounds, the medical crises with the baby…

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New directions parenting class helps resolve sibling strife

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Maanasi was having a hard time playing sibling referee for her two children, ages 9 and 3. They would fight over toys, books and even where the other was…

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