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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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The most important job: Dad

  • single parent

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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Infants, parents take healthy steps together

  • parenting education

Healthy Steps Newborn Behavioral Observation (NBO) is a free program funded by First Things First and offered through Summit Regional Medical Center in Show…


Supporting teenage parents as their child’s first teachers

  • parenting education

Sienna knew she needed a lot more than a book when it came to knowing what to expect when she and her boyfriend found themselves expecting their first child.…


Early literacy programs prepare Safford kindergartener for success

  • school readiness

Stacy Broman-McAdams was new to the Safford community when she first saw an ad for Toddler Story Time at the Safford Library.​Broman-McAdams, an experienced…


Toddler blossoms through early learning scholarship

  • Quality First

Chandler mom Torre Valentine is a big proponent of quality early childhood education. “It helps to set a foundation for how (a child’s) future is going to…


Parents as Teachers helps Yuma child find her words

  • parenting education

Abigail Rauso and her husband Michael were troubled when their baby Hannah was a little over a year old and not speaking words.The child would communicate in…


Parent mentoring builds strong, healthy families for a strong society

  • family support

When Rosa is asked about what she has learned from the Healthy Families program, the mother of three responds, “What haven’t I learned?”Healthy Families…


Parents as Teachers helps Gilbert couple teach fragile son

  • school readiness

For Scott and Pat Hall of Gilbert, their adopted son Ethan was a miracle. Born seven weeks early and weighing only 4 pounds, the medical crises with the baby…


New directions parenting class helps resolve sibling strife

  • parenting education

Maanasi was having a hard time playing sibling referee for her two children, ages 9 and 3. They would fight over toys, books and even where the other was…

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