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Phoenix North Region



Population of young children (under age 6)


Percentage of young children living in poverty

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The Phoenix North Region is primarily the city of Phoenix north of Thomas Road. The region also includes the unincorporated communities of Anthem and New River to the north. Note that the Phoenix neighborhoods of Ahwatukee and Paradise Valley Village are assigned to the East Maricopa Region, and some Phoenix neighborhoods adjacent to Glendale are assigned to the Northwest Maricopa Region.


The Phoenix North 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
  • Improving the quality of family, friend and neighbor care
  • Oral health screenings and fluoride varnishes
  • Developmental and sensory screenings
  • Strengthening families through voluntary home visiting and family resource centers

First Things First Staff

Jennifer Johnson

Sr. Director, Phoenix Regional Area & Gila River Indian Community


Karyn Parker

Regional Director. Phoenix North


Nicole Berndt

Parent Awareness and Community Outreach Coordinator


Shontel DixonMulato

Parent Awareness and Community Outreach Coordinator


Diane Joralmon

Administrative II, Phoenix Region & Gila River Indian Community


Regional Office

4000 N Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85012

Region Stories — Phoenix North More Stories from Phoenix North

Mom squatting down to embrace daughter at eye-level

Quality First center in northwest Phoenix supports foster child’s social skills in classroom

  • social-emotional development

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

Amanda Hundley

Amanda Hundley is the 2020 First Things First Phoenix North Region Champion

  • champion

Dr. Amanda Hundley has been selected as the 2020 First Things First Phoenix North Region Champion for Young Children.The award is given to local champions who…

Phoenix family resource center provides support to young boy

  • family support

After spending a year attending story time at the center, Gabby Martinez said she is confident that Julian will be ready for kindergarten.

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