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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.

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

  • Yavapai

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

  • Yavapai

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

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Quiet preschooler becomes social butterfly in Black Canyon City

  • Yavapai

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…


Young explorer gets hooked on books

  • literacy

​Young Kylie Riebli loves princesses, the color pink and paddling her own kayak while exploring the Verde River with her parents –she also loves to…

Child care scholarship allows Prescott preschooler to soar

  • Quality First Scholarships

​​When Dove Gunderman or Prescott decided to restart her academic journey to become a speech therapist, her youngest daughter Juliette was 4 years old. The…

Wendy Watson is Yavapai’s 2017 Champion for Young Children

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Wendy Watson has been selected as the 2017 Yavapai Regional First Things First Champion for Young Children.The award is given to local champions who actively…


Parent mentoring builds strong, healthy families for a strong society

  • Yavapai

When Rosa is asked about what she has learned from the Healthy Families program, the mother of three responds, “What haven’t I learned?”Healthy Families…

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