Skip to content

STAY UP TO DATE. Join our email list »

First Things First First Things First

Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Region



Population of young children (under age 6)


Percentage of young children living in poverty

(Click for a detailed map.)

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 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

Learn about FTF’s impact in this region

First Things First Staff

Darlene Vinarskai

Regional Director, Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community


Karen Yearwood

Sr. Director, Maricopa Regional Area


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

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

  • Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community

“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.

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…

Stay Up To Date.

Join our email list to keep up with the latest news and information from FTF

Send me:

© First Things First. All Rights Reserved. • Privacy PolicyAccessibilityWebsite FeedbackOmbudsman-Citizens Aide