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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 regional council’s priorities include:

  • Improving quality and access to child care and preschool programs
  • Providing scholarships for children to access high-quality early learning settings
  • Improving quality and access to family, friend and neighbor care
  • Strengthening and supporting families through voluntary home visiting, family resource centers and court teams
  • Supporting access to healthcare for children
  • Helping families with children 0 to 5 navigate the complex health care and social service systems
  • Provide developmental, sensory and oral health screenings

First Things First Staff

Jeanine Bashir

Regional Director, Phoenix South


Jennifer Johnson

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


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 South More Stories from Phoenix South

Two boys in a preschool classroom

Kith and Kin program helps Phoenix mom provide structure in son’s life

  • social-emotional development

The FTF Phoenix South Regional Council funds the Kith and Kin program to empower caregivers with tools to encourage a healthy development for children.

Dawn Berg

Dawn Berg is the 2020 First Things First Phoenix South Champion

  • champion

Dawn Berg has been selected as the 2020 First Things First Phoenix South Regional Champion for Young Children.The award is given to local champions who…

Brother and sister in library

Family resource center helps Phoenix boy with quality early childhood experiences

  • family support

At the Family Learning Center, Marta Dardon learned how to create quality early childhood experiences for her children

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