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Gila Region

Gila region


Population of young children (under age 6)


Percentage of young children living in poverty

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TThe Gila Region is defined as Gila County, not including the lands belonging to the San Carlos Apache Tribe and the White Mountain Apache Tribe, which are their own First Things First regions. The Gila Region’s population is located in the small towns of Globe, Payson, Miami, Hayden/Winkelman, Pine/Strawberry, the unincorporated areas of Tonto Basin and Young, and a number of rural unincorporated communities. The Tonto Apache Tribe is located within the Gila Region adjacent to the city of Payson.


The Gila 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 parenting education.
  • Improving the quality of child care and preschool programs
  • Scholarships for children to access high-quality early learning
  • Developmental and sensory screenings.

Learn about FTF’s impact in this region

First Things First Staff

Cindi Alva

Sr. Director, Central East Region


Carolyn Haro

Regional Director, Gila


Nicole Vargas

Administrative Assistant II - Gila & San Carlos


Regional Office

Cobre Valley Plaza Shopping Center
Globe, AZ 85501

Region Stories — Gila More Stories from Gila

Hearing screening at Quality First center helps Payson boy be successful

  • Quality First

One of the requirements of Quality First centers is to conduct early screenings to assess health and developmental issues in children.

Teen Outreach Pregnancy Services support family as their son’s first and best teacher

  • parenting education

Lydia Aguilar-Ott and her husband started taking parenting classes before their son was born.They had heard over and over that even when parents aren’t…

Quality First scholarship helps Miami boy prepare for kindergarten

  • Quality First

​​As a mother of three, Summer Hernandez understands the importance of a mom’s role in her children’s lives. Hernandez will be the first one, however,…

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