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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.

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

Nurse-Family Partnership program helps pregnant Tucson mother ensure her baby is healthy, safe and…

  • Pima North

“It is so helpful to have someone who is an expert share ideas and resources with me,” said Rosalinda Vergara

Home visitation helps Tucson boy be ready for kindergarten

  • home visitation

After enrolling in Parents as Teachers, Yadel Arvizue feels confident that Angel will have the social and academic skills to be ready for kindergarten.

Young boy smiling

Vision screening helps San Carlos boy find focus

  • tribal

Now that he’s started kindergarten, Kaylee Talgo is happy that Bryson was able to start day one with clear vision.

Family reading together

Home visitation program helps Mesa girl with her confidence

  • home visitation

“Now with the help of our parent educator, I’ve learned many different approaches so that my husband and I can help Ariya with life skills and prepare her…

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