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Gila River Indian Community Region



Population of young children (under age 6)


Percentage of young children living in poverty

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The Gila River Indian Community is located on 372,000 acres of land in south-central Arizona. The Community lies south of the cities of Phoenix, Tempe and Chandler and north of Casa Grande. The Community is divided into seven districts, with the central government seat in Sacaton. Tribal membership includes the Akimel O’otham (Pima) and Pee Posh (Maricopa) tribes. The boundaries of the First Things First Gila River Indian Community match those of the reservation boundaries.


The Gila River Indian Community Regional Partnership Council makes strategic investments to support the healthy development and learning of the young children in the region. The council’s priorities include:

  • Strengthening families through home visitation services for children ages 0 to 3
  • Supporting teen-parents through, education and connection to resources in the region through Family Support Coordination and Parenting Education classes
  • Supporting early learning providers and preschool programs, in promoting healthy social-emotional development
  • Scholarships for children to access high-quality early learning

Learn about FTF’s impact in this region

First Things First Staff

Joshua Billison

Regional Director, Gila River Indian Community


Jennifer Johnson

Sr. Director, Phoenix Region & Gila River Indian Community


Regional Office

4000 N Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85012

Region Stories — Gila River Indian Community More Stories from Gila River Indian Community

Mom with son

Sacaton teen finds support and compassion at Baby Smarts

  • parenting education

When high school teen Amy Rhodes found out she was pregnant, she worried about her baby’s future.She soon connected to Baby Smarts, a program funded by…

Home visits help Gila River teen parents keep toddler on track

  • parenting education

​​For Heidi Bruder, success comes in small doses. As the Teen Parent Case Manager for Gila River HealthCare, Bruder supports teen parents in the Gila River…

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