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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 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

Learn more about what we fund.

First Things First Staff

Karen Yearwood

Regional Director, Phoenix North


Jennifer Johnson

Sr. Director, Phoenix Region & Gila River Indian Community


Kathi Barber

Administrative Assistant III - Phoenix North & Phoenix South


Nicole Berndt

Parent Awareness and Community Outreach Coordinator


Regional Office

4000 N Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85012
Angelica Rodriguez

Angelica Rodriguez is Phoenix North’s 2018 Champion for Young Children

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New Phoenix mom finds support to prepare her children to succeed in school

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Kindergarten Boot Camp encourages excitement for learning in Phoenix boy

When Erica Sarmiento learned about Kindergarten Bootcamp, a Phoenix Public Library program funded by First Things First, she put it on the top of her…

Resource center helps Phoenix mother prepare her daughter socially and academically for school

​​​On most days, Gaby Acosta refills the snack machines throughout various schools in the Washington Elementary School District in Phoenix as part of her…

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