Skip to content

STAY UP TO DATE. Join our email list »

First Things First First Things First

Latest News from East Maricopa

News and happenings about First Things First

little boy in classroom

Local governments eyeing investments in quality early learning

  • AZ communities

A city-funded high-quality preschool program is showing other Arizona cities and towns that investing in its youngest residents pays off.

Kim Waggoner

Kim Waggoner is the 2019 East Maricopa Region Champion

  • champion

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

family with seven children

Positive experiences at Quality First preschool impact all seven Scottsdale siblings

  • Quality First Scholarships

Scottsdale siblings received early education at Quality First preschool and their positive experiences impacted the entire family.

Normalicia Blanco

Normalicia Blanco is East Maricopa’s 2018 Champion for Young Children

  • champion

Normalicia Blanco has been selected as the 2018 East Maricopa First Things First Champion for Young Children.The award is given to local champions who actively…


Home visitation program helps lay foundation of learning for Ahwatukee girl

  • East Maricopa

Like all expecting parents, Marriott Hileman dreamed of raising a successful child. When Sofia was born, Hileman made the decision to stay home so she could…

Family resource center helps Tempe mom support daughter’s learning

  • family support

​​When Maricela Romero became a mother, she wanted her daughter Emily to have a better childhood experience than the one she remembered. But it wasn’t…

Debe Morena

Debe Morena is East Maricopa’s 2017 Champion for Young Children

  • champion

Debe Moreno has been selected as the 2017 East Maricopa First Things First Champion for Young Children.The award is given to local champions who actively…


Toddler blossoms through early learning scholarship

  • Quality First

Chandler mom Torre Valentine is a big proponent of quality early childhood education. “It helps to set a foundation for how (a child’s) future is going to…

Tempe mom credits kids’ school success to empowering parenting program

  • school readiness

​​​​Liliana Acosta had five children’s books in her home and would read them to her children every night. But, her daughter’s preschool teachers…

Stay Up To Date.

Join our email list to keep up with the latest news and information from FTF

Send me:

© First Things First. All Rights Reserved. • Privacy PolicyAccessibilityWebsite FeedbackOmbudsman-Citizens Aide