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Northwest Maricopa Region



Population of young children (under age 6)


Percentage of young children living in poverty

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The Northwest Maricopa Region lies entirely in Maricopa County and is densely populated in the east, but very sparsely populated in the west. It includes: six incorporated cities and towns — Peoria, El Mirage, Glendale, Surprise, Wickenburg and Youngtown; several unincorporated places — Aguila, Morristown, Sun City, Sun City West, Waddell and Wittmann; as well as small parts of the city of Phoenix.


The Northwest Maricopa 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:

  • 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
  • Strengthening families through voluntary home visiting, family resource centers, supporting children with special needs, and parenting education

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First Things First Staff

Christina Lyons

Regional Director, Northwest Maricopa


Wendy Sabatini

Sr. Director, Maricopa Region


Tammi Watson

Parent Awareness and Community Outreach Coordinator


Caitlyn Hollins

Administrative Assistant III


Cynthia Gandara

Administrative Assistant II - NW & SW Maricopa


Regional Office

Thunderbird Office Park
14050 N. 83rd Ave., Suite 140
Peoria, AZ 85381
Leslie Morrison

Leslie Morrison is Northwest Maricopa’s 2018 Champion for Young Children

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Mom reading to daughter

Becoming kindergarten ready through pediatric care coordination in El Mirage

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Quality First preschool prepares Wittman girl for kindergarten success

When Laura Aguirre’s daughter Idali turned 3 years old, she knew she wanted to provide her with a safe, quality early learning environment where the she…


Peoria boy benefits from high quality care in his early years

When Victoria Roybal needed to find child care for her toddler, she wanted most to find a caregiver she could trust.This was even more critical for her son…

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