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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

Learn more about what we fund

First Things First Staff

Jeanine Bashir

Regional Director, Phoenix South


Jennifer Johnson

Sr. Director, Phoenix Region & Gila River Indian Community


Kaitlin Whitton

Administrative Assistant II, Phoenix South & Gila River Indian Community


Nicole Berndt

Parent Awareness and Community Outreach Coordinator


Shontel DixonMulato

Parent Awareness and Community Outreach Coordinator


Regional Office

4000 N Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85012

Region Stories — Phoenix South More Stories from Phoenix South

Phoenix Quality First center helps children start kindergarten with skills to succeed

  • Quality First

The Family School in Phoenix participates in Quality First, which partners with early childhood providers to help young children be ready for kindergarten.

J Brown and AM Smith

Jessica Brown Anna Marie Smith are Phoenix South’s 2018 Champions for Young Children

  • Champion

Jessica Brown and Anna Marie Smith have been selected as the 2018 Phoenix South First Things First Champion for Young Children.The award is given to local…

Kindergarten Boot Camp encourages excitement for learning in Phoenix boy

  • school readiness

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…

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