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Region Stories from Yavapai

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.

Prescott Valley Quality First center provides stability and learning for 4-year-old boy

  • Quality First

The FTF Yavapai Region funds Quality First, which works with home-based child care providers, like Granny’s House, to improve early learning.

little girl standing with woman in glasses looking at her

Efforts expand to support the social and emotional health of young children during challenging times

  • mental health

An influx of federal money will allow more providers to access early childhood mental health consultation during a climate of uncertainty.

David Barko is the 2021 Yavapai Champion for Young Children

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David Barko has been selected as the 2021 First Things First Yavapai Champion for Young Children.The award is given to local champions who actively devote…

early childhood educators siting in a children's classroom

Early childhood teachers in Yavapai County learning ways to support social-emotional development of…

  • Yavapai

The FTF Yavapai Regional Partnership Council funds early childhood mental health consultations to better support the social-emotional development of children.

Judy Schroedl

Judy Schroedl is the 2020 Yavapai Region Champion

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Judy Schroedl has been selected as the 2020 First Things First Yavapai Region Champion for Young Children.The award is given to local champions who actively…

brothers at graduation ceremony

Home visitation program helps Chino Valley mom track milestones for her premature twins

  • family support

A NICU nurse told the mom about FTF and home visitation, which provides at-home visits for families of young children with a trained parent coach.

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Jean Barton is the 2019 Yavapai Region Champion

  • champion

Jean Barton has been selected as the 2019 First Things First Yavapai Region Champion for Young Children.

Little boy in classroom

Quiet preschooler becomes social butterfly in Black Canyon City

  • Quality First

The high-quality learning environment of the Quality First center supported the preschool student’s vocabulary development, and his overall social growth.

Carolyn Shelley

Carolyn Shelley is Yavapai’s 2018 Champion for Young Children

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Caroyln Shelley has been selected as the 2018 First Things First Champion for Young Children in the Yavapai Region.The award is given to local champions who…

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