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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.

Paulette LeBlanc is Graham/Greenlee’s 2017 Champion for Young Children

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Paulette LeBlanc has been selected as the 2017 Graham/Greenlee First Things First Champion for Young Children.The award is given to local champions who…


Native language preservation program benefits San Carlos Apache girl

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One of the reasons April Noline enrolled her infant daughter Emma-Jean in the San Carlos Apache Kid Child Care Center was that it provided instruction in the…


Military veteran finds quality child care to help son learn and grow

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Kyle Wright, a veteran, was running out of options.The Navy veteran and single dad was working full-time and taking college classes through the GI Bill, and he…


Quality preschool helps third grader reach top of the class

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When their daughter Natalia was just 18-months-old, long before preschool, Phoenix resident Maria de Jesus Cervantes and her husband began searching for a…


Yuma mom helps build her daughter’s vocabulary by reading to her from day one

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When Amy Crawford gave birth to her baby girl, she felt an overwhelming anxiety.​​​​​“We felt lost and scared and did not know what to do,”…

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Mark Becker is Yuma’s 2018 Champion for Young Children

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Mark Becker has been selected as the 2018 Yuma First Things First Champion for Young Children.The award is given to local champions who actively volunteer…


Hopi girl’s self-esteem blossoms with help from her mom

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When Tia was 4 years old, her mother Tracy Billy worried about her self-esteem. Billy was working full time during the day at the hospital, taking evening…


Veteran home-based early care provider finds support and encouragement to overcome child’s…

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After 26 years nurturing and educating young children, veteran teacher Becky Tellez never expect to face a teaching challenge she couldn’t overcome. But,…


Library literacy stations help parents see themselves as a child’s first teacher

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​​​“TWO! That’s my number, that’s how old I am,” said 2 year old Joaquin, as his eyes lit up when he saw the number two flash across the screen…

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