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Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Region

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626

Population of young children (under age 6)

61%

Percentage of young children living in poverty

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The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, a sovereign tribe located 15 miles northeast of Phoenix, is one of 10 Arizona tribes that have chosen to be designated as its own First Things First region. The region has the same boundaries as the Salt River Reservation and covers about 85 square miles, entirely within Maricopa County, bordering the cities of Scottsdale, Tempe, Mesa and Fountain Hills. The Community is home to the Pima (“Akimel O’Odham,” River People) and the Maricopa (“Xalychidom Pipaash,” People who live toward the water).

Priorities

The Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community 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:

  • Summer transition to kindergarten programs
  • Supporting early learning providers in promoting healthy social-emotional development
  • Strengthening families through family resource centers and parenting education


First Things First Staff

Karen Yearwood

Sr. Director, Maricopa Regional Area

602.771.4982

Darlene Vinarskai

Regional Director, Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community

602.771.4987

Caitlyn Hollins

Administrative Assistant III - Maricopa Region

602.771.4988

Jennifer Pike

Administrative Assistant II - SE Maricopa & Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community

602.771.4981

Regional Office

1839 S Alma School Rd, Ste 100
Mesa, AZ 85210

Region Stories — Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community More Stories from Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community

Mom holding her toddler boy and smiling

Parent education class helps multigenerational household in Scottsdale address 4-year-old’s challenging behaviors

  • parent education/awareness

The WISH Parent Education Program teachers families about brain development, milestones, communication, discipline and caring for children.

Mother and father with three kids

Parenting class helps young mom and dad from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community look at discipline differently

  • parent education/awareness

“After we took the class, we really started talking more, sitting with each other, reading books, trying to understand each other and communicate,” said…

Mom and son selfie

Summer transition program helps prepare Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community boy for kindergarten

  • early learning

The four-week program gives pre-kindergarten students a chance to get classroom experience and interact with other students and teachers.

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