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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.

Leanne Lipiczky

Leeanne Lipiczky is the 2019 Phoenix North Region Champion

  • Phoenix North

Leeanne Lipiczky has been selected as the 2019 First Things First Phoenix North Region Champion for Young Children.

Champion volunteer for Yavapai

Jean Barton is the 2019 Yavapai Region Champion

  • Yavapai

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

Champion volunteer for Southeast Maricopa

Jeanie Pefferly is the 2019 Southeast Maricopa Region Champion

  • Southeast Maricopa

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

Bernie Kniffen

Bernie Kniffin is the 2019 San Carlos Apache Region’s Champion

  • champions

Bernie Kniffin has been selected as the 2019 First Things First San Carlos Apache Region Champion for Young Children.

Kathy Farreta

Kathy Farretta is the 2019 Coconino Region Champion

  • champions

Kathy Farretta has been selected as the 2019 First Things First Coconino Region Champion for Young Children.

Kim Waggoner

Kim Waggoner is the 2019 East Maricopa Region Champion

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Kim Waggoner has been selected as the 2019 First Things First East Maricopa Region Champion for Young Children.

Kari Logsdon is the 2019 White Mountain Apache Tribe Region Champion

  • White Mountain Apache Tribe

Kari Logsdon has been selected as the 2019 First Things First White Mountain Apache Tribe Region Champion for Young Children.

Mom and son selfie

Summer transition program helps prepare Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community boy for…

  • early learning

The four-week program gives pre-kindergarten students a chance to get classroom experience and interact with other students and teachers.

Phoenix Quality First center helps children start kindergarten with skills to succeed

  • Quality First

The Family School in Phoenix participates in Quality First, which partners with early childhood providers to help young children be ready for kindergarten.

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