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East Maricopa



Population of young children (under age 6)


Percentage of young children living in poverty

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The East Maricopa Region lies entirely within Maricopa County and spans urban communities to the east of Phoenix as well as less densely populated, suburban and rural communities reaching towards the edges of the Maricopa County boundary. This diverse, expansive region includes: three cities — Chandler, Scottsdale and Tempe; five towns — Carefree, Cave Creek, Fountain Hills, Guadalupe and Paradise Valley; three unincorporated places — Goldfield Ranch, Rio Verde and Sun Lakes; two Phoenix neighborhoods — Ahwatukee and Paradise Valley Village; and one Indian reservation — the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation.


The East Maricopa Regional Partnership Council makes strategic investments to support the healthy development and learning of the young children in the region. The regional council’s priorities include:

  • Improving the quality of child care and preschool programs
  • Scholarships for children to access high-quality early learning
  • Strengthening families through parenting education, voluntary home visiting and family resource centers.
  • Oral health screenings and fluoride varnishes
  • Supporting access to healthcare for children

First Things First Staff

Karen Yearwood

Sr. Director, Maricopa Regional Area


Conrad Lindo

Regional Director, East Maricopa


Lisa Ciolli

Community Outreach Coordinator


Caitlyn Hollins

Administrative Assistant III - Maricopa Region


Regional Office

1839 S Alma School Rd, Ste 100
Mesa, AZ 85210

Region Stories — East Maricopa More Stories from East Maricopa

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Ann Lynn DiDomenico is the 2021 East Maricopa Region Champion

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Ann Lynn DiDomenico has been selected as the 2021 First Things First East Maricopa Region Champion for Young Children.The award is given to local champions who…

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Nurse-Family Partnership helps first-time mom learn how to take of care of infant son in Tempe

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The Nurse-Family Partnership program provides regular visits by trained nurses starting in early pregnancy through the child’s second year.

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