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Phoenix South Region



Population of young children (under age 6)


Percentage of young children living in poverty

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The Phoenix South Region is primarily the southern part of the city of Phoenix. Phoenix South Regional Partnership Council provides services in the city of Phoenix, south of Thomas Road, but also including the communities of Maryvale, north of Thomas (full ZIP code areas of 85031 and 85033 and the city of Phoenix portion of 85037). The region does not include Ahwatukee.


The Phoenix South 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 family, friend and neighbor care
  • Improving the quality of child care and preschool programs
  • Scholarships for children to access high-quality early learning
  • Developmental, sensory and oral health screenings
  • Supporting access to healthcare for children
  • Strengthening families through voluntary home visiting, family resource centers, parenting education and court teams

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First Things First Staff

Jeanine Bashir

Regional Director, Phoenix South


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
J Brown and AM Smith

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