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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.

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Home-based Quality First center in Mesa helps ‘sympathetic soul’ excel

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The home-based Quality First center has a small family setting, a low number of children and a director passionate about early education and children.

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Vail preschooler builds his problem solving skills at Quality First center

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At Creation School in Vail, the team of teachers work with children to develop academic and social-emotional skills needed for the rest of their lives.

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In-home child care puts quality first and helps Buckeye boy test early into kindergarten

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With help from a Quality First scholarship, the Linos enrolled their son in a licensed in-home child care center in Buckeye.

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Quality First scholarship sets Sells girl on road to educational success

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A Quality First scholarship allowed Talise to enroll in the Indian Oasis Elementary School pre-k program, which helped her grow socially and academically.

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Quiet preschooler becomes social butterfly in Black Canyon City

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The high-quality learning environment of the Quality First center supported the preschool student’s vocabulary development, and his overall social growth.

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Quality First center helps San Luis boy with social and literacy skills

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The nurturing environment at a Quality First preschool helped preschooler with skills needed to be successful in kindergarten.

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Quality First scholarship helps Coolidge boy become more independent

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Quality First scholarships help eligible families afford to send their child to quality child care centers and preschools.

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Quality First scholarship helps Tucson boy find a consistent daily routine

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Quality First preschool shows parents the importance of daily structure, such as nap schedules, meal times, reading daily.

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Lake Havasu City mom finds quality child care makes big difference in preparing her daughters for…

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The preschool offers half-day sessions to help ease the transition for young kids with no formal schedule at home to a full-day schedule at school.

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