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Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Region



Population of young children (under age 6)


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).


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 council’s priorities include:

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

Learn about FTF’s impact in this region

First Things First Staff

Darlene Vinarskai

Regional Director, Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community


Wendy Sabatini

Sr. Director, Maricopa Region


Caitlyn Hollins

Administrative Assistant III


Jennifer Pike

Administrative Assistant II - SE Maricopa & Salt River Maricopa


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 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.

siblings hugging

Parenting education class helps Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community mom prepare her daughter for kindergarten

  • school readiness

Sierra Conger lived in multiple foster and group homes during her childhood. She never experienced a sense of family, so when she found herself pregnant at age…

Shy preschooler transitions to kindergarten and becomes go-to student

  • school readiness

​​Candice Nomoki was looking for a better way to communicate with her children after she saw herself falling into a similar parenting style that she grew…

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