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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.

Abilene Burnett

Abilene Burnette is the 2020 White Mountain Apache Tribe Region Champion

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Abilene Burnette has been selected as the 2020 First Things First White Mountain Apache Tribe Region Champion for Young Children.The award is given to local…

Trena Antonio

Trena Antonio is the 2020 San Carlos Apache Region Champion

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Trena Antonio is the 2020 San Carlos Apache Region ChampionTrena Antonio has been selected as the 2020 First Things First San Carlos Apache Region Champion for…

Heather Gray

Heather Gray is the 2020 Navajo/Apache Region Champion

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Heather Gray has been selected as the 2020 First Things First Navajo/Apache Region Champion for Young Children.The award is given to local champions who…

Maria Villalobos

Maria Villalobos is the 2020 Southeast Maricopa Region Champion

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Maria Villalobos has been selected as the 2020 First Things First Southeast Maricopa Champion for Young Children.The award is given to local champions who…

Family on playground slide

Quality First preschool sets up San Tan Valley boy for kindergarten success

  • Quality First

San Tan Valley boy didn’t just get by in kindergarten, he loved school and excelled in it.

West Valley family resource center helps two brothers with structure and routine

  • Northwest Maricopa

“I started planning their day and learned how to use positive redirection and how to make every moment a teachable moment,” Tiffany Vaz said.

Summer transition to kindergarten helps Pascua Yaqui Tribe children be ready

  • Pascua Yaqui Tribe

Throughout the program, teachers focused on school readiness with techniques that supported social and emotional growth, and provided a fun academic structure…

Phoenix family resource center provides support to young boy

  • Phoenix North

After spending a year attending story time at the center, Gabby Martinez said she is confident that Julian will be ready for kindergarten.

Brother and sister in library

Family resource center helps Phoenix boy with quality early childhood experiences

  • Phoenix South

At the Family Learning Center, Marta Dardon learned how to create quality early childhood experiences for her children

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