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Pima South Region



Population of young children (under age 6)


Percentage of young children living in poverty

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The Pima South Region is defined as the southern portion of Pima County, not including the lands belonging to the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and the Tohono O’odham Nation, plus a small part of Santa Cruz County around the Amado community.


The Pima 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 child care and preschool programs
  • Scholarships for children to access high-quality early learning
  • Improving the quality of family, friend and neighbor care
  • Strengthening families through voluntary home visiting and parenting education
  • Oral health screenings and fluoride varnishes

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First Things First Staff

Jaymie Jacobs

Regional Director, Pima South


Jessica Harrington

Sr. Director, Southeast Regional Area


Lisette DeMars

Parent Awareness and Community Outreach Coordinator


Emily McDuffie

Administrative Assistant II - Pascua Yaqui & Pima South


Regional Office

3610 N Prince Village Pl
Tucson, AZ 85719
Dr. Joseph Hentges

Dr. Joseph Hentges is Pima South’s 2018 Champion for Young Children

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