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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.

Mom and daughter smiling

Cocopah Early Steps helps both mom and toddler with smooth transitions

  • home visitation

When Olivia was 18-months-old, Stephanie enrolled in a home visitation program and began learning more about brain development and how all children develop at…

Mom hugging her son

Quality First preschool setting helps calm Yuma boy’s social anxiety

  • Quality First

The nurturing environment at a Quality First preschool helped preschooler with skills needed to be successful in kindergarten.

Mother reading with daughter on the couch

Navajo Nation Growing in Beauty Program instills a love of learning in young girl

  • tribal

“She’ll open a book when the teacher says, ‘OK, let’s read.’ It makes me happy inside to hear that about my child,” LaVedalene Guy said.

members of the council

Summer Transition to Kindergarten program helps preschoolers from the Colorado River Indian Tribes…

  • tribal

The program has proven to be very successful. Families have made a great effort to attend each class, and it has encouraged parents to learn with their…

Mother and son with parent educator

Home visitation program helps keep young Hopi boy on track with his milestones

  • home visitation

LeeAnn Sherman said she was “relieved to see that something like this existed,” because she didn’t know what to do after becoming the…

brothers at graduation ceremony

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

  • home visitation

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.

two sisters smiling

Healthy Steps helps Holbrook sisters stay on track for kindergarten

  • Navajo/Apache

Healthy Steps for Young Children customizes services to meet individual family needs through enhanced well-child care, home visits and parent information.

Mom with two daughters

Early Childhood Optimum Health program in Douglas helps infant and toddler receive specialized…

  • Cochise

The FTF Cochise Region funds medical home care coordination, where case managers work with families to review care plans and manage medical appointments.

Dr. Cristen Mann

Dr. Cristen Mann is the 2019 La Paz/Mohave Region Champion

  • champion

Dr. Cristen Mann has been selected as the 2019 First Things First La Paz/Mohave Region Champion for Young Children.

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