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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.

Kathy Alsop

Kathy Alsop is the Southeast Maricopa Region Champion

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Kathy Alsop has been selected as the 2022 First Things First Southeast Maricopa Region Champion for Young Children.The award is given to local champions who…

Gilbert Quality First center creates consistent classroom routine for boy with special needs

  • Southeast Maricopa

The FTF Southeast Maricopa Region funds Quality First so families can send their children to quality child care programs.

Mary Ann Sawyer is the 2021 Southeast Maricopa Champion for Young Children

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Mary Ann Sawyer has been selected as the 2021 First Things First Southeast Maricopa Champion for Young Children.The award is given to local champions who…

Mom smiling and holding her young son who is wearing a striped shirt

Family resource center helps Gilbert boy build self-esteem and self-discipline skills

  • Southeast Maricopa

At AZCEND family resource center, Kat Somers had access to resources, referrals to support services and access to educational programs.

Maria Villalobos

Maria Villalobos is the 2020 Southeast Maricopa Region Champion

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Maria Villalobos has been selected as the 2020 First Things First Southeast Maricopa Champion for Young Children.The award is given to local champions who…

Family reading together

Home visitation program helps Mesa girl with her confidence

  • family support

“Now with the help of our parent educator, I’ve learned many different approaches so that my husband and I can help Ariya with life skills and prepare her…

Champion volunteer for Southeast Maricopa

Jeanie Pefferly is the 2019 Southeast Maricopa Region Champion

  • champion

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

Family of four on playground

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

  • Quality First

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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