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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.

Mom finds educational and fun resources to prepare her young daughter for kindergarten at Gila Bend…

  • family resource centers

The FTF Southwest Maricopa Regional Council funds Gila Bend Family Resource Center to provide a community hub of services and programs for families.

Sensory and developmental screening helps identify speech delay in Queen Creek

  • health and developmental screenings

Like many Queen Creek families last year, Tori Shank, her husband Nathan, and their infant daughter Kayleen didn’t have a lot of interactions with other…

Gilbert Quality First center creates consistent classroom routine for boy with special needs

  • Southeast Maricopa

The FTF Southeast Maricopa Region funds Quality First so families can send their children to quality child care programs.

Parents as Teachers provides support to Tucson mom of special needs son

  • Pima South

The FTF Pima South Region funds the program, which provides parents with free, in-home visits from a parent educator.

Experienced mom gets support to parent 2-year-old daughter in Rio Rico

  • home visitation

The FTF Santa Cruz Region funds the program, which provides parents with no-cost, in-home visits from a parent educator.

Specialized home visitation program helps Tucson boy catch up on developmental milestones

  • Pima North

The FTF Pima North Regional Council funds the Parents as Teachers Children with Special Needs program that provides the family with a parent coach.

Prescott Valley Quality First center provides stability and learning for 4-year-old boy

  • Quality First Scholarships

The FTF Yavapai Region funds Quality First, which works with home-based child care providers, like Granny’s House, to improve early learning.

Home visitation helps Yuma mom keep her premature baby on track with his developmental milestones

  • Yuma

The Healthy Families home visitation program provides parents with regular in-home visits from a trained parent coach.

Phoenix couple gets help from FTF-funded program to raise twin daughters born prematurely

  • ECE for children with special needs

The FTF Phoenix South Regional Council fund the Side by Side program to help identify and address developmental concerns early and provide coaching supports to…

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