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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.

Mom kneeling, wearing a stars and stripes t-shirt, holding her son with a red tshirt and daughter standing next to her.

Home visitation program helps Duncan mom pass on self-regulation skills to kids

  • family support

The FTF Graham/Greenlee Regional Council funds the Healthy Families program to offer individualized support to parents of young children.

Oral health program in Payson helps with 4-year-old boy’s dental needs

  • oral health

The FTF Gila Regional Partnership Council funds the First Smiles program to help support families in caring for their children’s oral health.

Woman in pink shirt cares for young children outside in a sandbox.

Professional development program in Lake Havasu City provides teacher opportunity to help grow…

  • La Paz/Mohave

The CDA is part of the Professional Development for Early Childhood Professionals Strategy funded by the FTF La Paz/Mohave Regional Council.

mom and daughter smiling in front of a tree

Parent educator helps Bisbee mom bond with infant daughter after recovering from life-threatening…

  • social-emotional development

The FTF Cochise Regional Partnership Council funds Parents as Teachers, a home visitation program that provides in-home parent coaching.

father in beanie wearing sunglasses with daughter who is smiling and wearing a denim jacket

Flagstaff Quality First center provides stability for young girl during coronavirus pandemic

  • child care

The FTF Coconino Regional Partnership Council invests in Quality First scholarships to provide quality care to families who might otherwise not be able to…

Mom holding young daughter in pink Disney shirt

Health awareness program helps Cocopah families try healthy foods to reduce obesity in young…

  • family support

The FTF Cocopah Tribe Regional Partnership Council funds the a program designed to promote health and reduce obesity in young children in the region.

Gage family photo, dad, mom, two sons standing outside near a tree

Quality First scholarship in Show Low helps shy 3-year-old boy socially prepare for kindergarten

  • child care

The FTF Navajo Apache Regional Partnership Council funds Quality First scholarships so families can send their children to quality child care programs.

preschool boy with blue shirt standing in classroom

Developmental screening helps San Carlos boy get support to speak clearly

  • tribal

The FTF San Carlos Apache Regional Partnership Council funds the Developmental and Sensory Screening program for local families.

Dad with beard, mom in navy blue dress, toddler boy, son in yellow t-shirt

Nurse-Family Partnership helps first-time mom learn how to take of care of infant son in Tempe

  • child development

The Nurse-Family Partnership program provides regular visits by trained nurses starting in early pregnancy through the child’s second year.

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