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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 regional 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 Regional Area


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

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Adrea Ricke is the 2020 Gila Champion

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Adrea Ricke has been selected as the 2020 First Things First Gila Champion for Young Children.

Quality First preschools in Globe-Miami area helping children prepare for kindergarten

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Brandi White, a mother of four children and a former elementary school teacher has seen a difference in her 4-year-old son, Vander, since enrolling him in…

Hearing screening at Quality First center helps Payson boy be successful

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

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