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Region Stories from Navajo Nation

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 Chinle preschooler gain important literacy skills

  • literacy

Lola Wood was trying her best to get her young son Takoda interested in learning while they were together at home, but felt like he needed more motivation and…


Healthy Beginnings help Navajo Nation family meal plan and prepare healthy meals

  • health

When an injury forced Crystal Begay’s husband to leave his job, the stay-at-home mom began looking for programs and support that could help get their family…

Brandy Bridgewater is Navajo Nation’s 2017 Champion for Young Children

  • Navajo Nation

Brandy Bridgewater has been selected as the 2017 Navajo Nation First Things First Champion for Young Children.The award is given to local champions who…

Scholarships help young kids access early education

  • Navajo Nation

​​​Balancing parenthood with higher education can sometimes be overwhelming, especially if young parents are far from home. Jessica moved to Tempe from…

young brother and sister

The most important job: Dad

  • Navajo Nation

Duane works two jobs to provide for his family. But, he says his most important job is being a single father to Anaya, 4, and Myles, 6. And that includes…

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