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Region Stories from Northwest Maricopa

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.

Leslie Morrison

Leslie Morrison is Northwest Maricopa’s 2018 Champion for Young Children

  • Northwest Maricopa

Leslie Morrison has been selected as the 2018 Northwest Maricopa First Things First Champion for Young Children.The award is given to local champions who…

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Becoming kindergarten ready through pediatric care coordination in El Mirage

  • well-child pediatric visits and care coordination

You may look at Gianna Cota today and see that she is a self-assured, motivated first grader who loves math and science, meeting new friends and learning new…


Quality First preschool prepares Wittman girl for kindergarten success

  • Northwest Maricopa

When Laura Aguirre’s daughter Idali turned 3 years old, she knew she wanted to provide her with a safe, quality early learning environment where she could…


Peoria boy benefits from high quality care in his early years

  • Northwest Maricopa

When Victoria Roybal needed to find child care for her toddler, she wanted most to find a caregiver she could trust.This was even more critical for her son…

Alyson Cline is Northwest Maricopa’s 2017 Champion for Young Children

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Alyson Cline has been selected as the First Things First 2017 Champion for Young Children for the Northwest Maricopa region.The award is given to local…


Finding hope, making progress: How Angelo overcame Dysphagia

  • ECE for children with special needs

Three-year-old Angelo can count to twenty as he washes his hands. He loves to read books and has a lot of fun playing with his friends at school. But things…

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