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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.

Sierra Vista mom learns how to connect with 5-year-old daughter after taking parenting class

  • Cochise

The FTF Cochise Regional Council funds the Arizona’s Children Association Education Program which helps parents learn about early childhood brain…

Parker library provides early literacy support during COVID-19 to young boy online and at home

  • tribal

The FTF Colorado River Indian Tribe Regional Council funds the Colorado River Indian Tribes Library in Parker, Arizona.

Kith and Kin program helps Whiteriver mom be a better parent and caregiver

  • White Mountain Apache Tribe

The FTF White Mountain Apache Tribe Regional Council funds the Kith and Kim program for family, friends and neighbors who provide home-based child care.

Professional development program through Tohono O’odham Community College helps teachers get…

  • tribal

The FTF Tohono O’odham Nation Regional Council funds the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona’s Great Expectations for Teachers, Children and Families…

Nutrition classes help San Carlos family make healthier choices

  • San Carlos Apache

The FTF San Carlos Apache Regional Council funds the Eating Smart and Being Active class which covers nutrition, food safety, cooking with young children and…

Scottsdale mom teaches 4-year-old son to regulate his emotions through healthy parenting

  • tribal

The FTF Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Regional Council funds the WISH Parenting Education Program which creates confidence in parents’ skills.

Professional development helps Pascua Yaqui early childhood teachers build a learning foundation…

  • tribal

The FTF Pascua Yaqui Tribe Regional Council funds a professional development program that benefits early childhood teachers in the region.

Mom gets support to handle crisis with 5-year-old son through Hualapai Tribe

  • home visitation

The FTF Hualapai Tribe Regional Council funds the Hualapai Early Childhood Home Visitation program that provides the family with a parent coach.

Family of mom, dad, baby and toddler sitting on couch.

First-time mom finds guidance in caring for infant son in Gila River Indian Community

  • home visitation

The FTF Gila River Indian Community Regional Council funds the Baby Smarts program that provides the family with a parent coach.

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