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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.

First Things First Staff

Cindi Alva

Sr. Director, Central East Regional Area


Carolyn Haro

Regional Director, Gila


Lois Homewytewa

Administrative Assistant III - Central Region


Regional Office

Cobre Valley Plaza Shopping Center
2250 Highway 60/70, Suite K
Globe, AZ 85501
Mailing Address:
Cobre Valley Plaza Shopping Center
2250 Highway 60/70, Suite K
Miami, AZ 85539

Region Stories — Gila More Stories from Gila

baby photo of Audrey Optiz reading to her baby brother.

Audrey Opitz is the 2021 Gila Champion for Young Children

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Audrey Opitz has been selected as the 2021 First Things First Gila Champion for Young Children.The award is given to local champions who actively volunteer…

Oral health program in Payson helps with 4-year-old boy’s dental needs

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The FTF Gila Regional Partnership Council funds the First Smiles program to help support families in caring for their children’s oral health.

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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.

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