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Navajo/Apache Region



Population of young children (under age 6)


Percentage of young children living in poverty

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The Navajo/Apache Region encompasses the central areas of Navajo and Apache Counties, excluding the lands belonging to the Navajo Nation and the Hopi Tribe in the north and the land belonging to the White Mountain Apache Tribe in the south. The region also includes the Forest Lakes community in Coconino County, east of Heber-Overgaard. The region does not include the city of Winslow, which is in Navajo County but is assigned to the Coconino Region.


The Navajo/Apache 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:

  • Improving the quality of child care and preschool programs
  • Scholarships for children to access high-quality early learning
  • Oral health screenings and fluoride varnishes
  • Supporting access to healthcare for children
  • Supporting the needs of infants and toddlers in the child welfare system

First Things First Staff

K. Vilay

Sr. Director, Northeast Regional Area


Mike Caruth

Regional Director, Navajo/Apache


Britany Crosby

Community Outreach Coordinator


Kymani Morris

Administrative Assistant - Navajo/Apache & White Mountain Apache Tribe


Regional Office

1630 E. White Mountain Blvd., Suite C2
Pinetop, AZ 85935

Region Stories — Navajo/Apache More Stories from Navajo/Apache

HealthySteps helps Taylor, Ariz. mom foster healthy development of her premature baby

  • Navajo/Apache

The FTF Navajo/Apache Regional Partnership Council funds the HealthySteps program to give parents guidance with feeding, behavior, sleep and other challenges.

Allison Hephner

Allison Hephner is the 2021 Navajo/Apache Region Champion

  • champion

Allison Hephner has been selected as the 2021 First Things First Navajo/Apache region Champion for Young Children.The award is given to local champions who…

Gage family photo, dad, mom, two sons standing outside near a tree

Quality First scholarship in Show Low helps shy 3-year-old boy socially prepare for kindergarten

  • child care

The FTF Navajo Apache Regional Partnership Council funds Quality First scholarships so families can send their children to quality child care programs.

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