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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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Quality First preschool helps Rio Rico girl fall in love with school

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Quality First preschool not only set up girl academically, but it set a strong foundation for socializing, which is so important at that age.

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Quality First scholarship helps Flagstaff girl access preschool with individualized attention

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Flagstaff family was looking for a pre-kindergarten program to meet the educational and developmental needs of their young daughter.

Quality First Head Start in Gilson Wash helps boy gain the skills needed to be ready for…

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Sebastian finished his year at Head Start, where Williams noticed that he not only plays well with others but has gained some self-control, can follow…

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Quality early education provides Glendale girl a path to success

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Maria Perez is a friendly and confident 7-year-old excited to start second grade at Saint Louis the King Catholic School in Glendale. She regularly…

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Faith Ethelbah is White Mountain Apache Tribe’s 2018 Champion for Young Children

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Faith Ethelbah has been selected as the 2018 White Mountain Apache Tribe First Things First Champion for Young Children.The award is given to local champions…

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Mariah Sharpe is Colorado River Indian Tribes’ 2018 Champion for Young Children

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Mariah Sharpe has been selected as the 2018 Colorado River Indian Tribes’ First Things First Champion for Young Children.The award is given to local…

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Dave Clark is Navajo/Apache’s 2018 Champion for Young Children

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Dave Clark has been selected as the 2018 Navajo/Apache Region First Things First Champion for Young Children.The award is given to local champions who actively…

Mark Becker

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…

Laura Monarque

Laura Monarque is Santa Cruz’s 2018 Champion for Young Children

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Laura Monarque has been selected as the 2018 Santa Cruz First Things First Champion for Young Children.The award is given to local champions who actively…

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