Population of young children (under age 6)
Percentage of young children living in poverty
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.
First Things First Staff