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San Carlos Apache Region



Population of young children (under age 6)


Percentage of young children living in poverty

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The boundaries of the San Carlos Apache Region are defined to be those of the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation. The region covers almost 3,000 square miles in east-central Arizona. Most of the region lies within Gila and Graham counties, although there is a small, uninhabited section in Pinal County. The reservation, which was established in 1871, is divided into four districts: Seven Mile Wash, Gilson Wash, Peridot and Bylas.


The San Carlos Apache 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:

  • Providing supports and services for families
  • Promoting early screening and intervention
  • Improving the quality of child care and preschool programs
  • Investing in early childhood professional development, retention and recruitment
  • Building public awareness and support for early childhood development
  • Developing early childhood systems for leadership and data and evaluation

First Things First Staff

Cindi Alva

Sr. Director, Central East Regional Area


LaToya Beatty

Regional Director, San Carlos Apache


Veronica Gossett

Parent Awareness and Community Outreach Coordinator


Nicole Vargas

Administrative Assistant II - Gila & San Carlos Apache


Regional Office

Cobre Valley Plaza Shopping Center
2250 Highway 60/70, Suite K
Globe, AZ 85501

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Developmental screening helps San Carlos boy get support to speak clearly

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The FTF San Carlos Apache Regional Partnership Council funds the Developmental and Sensory Screening program for local families.

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Trena Antonio is the 2020 San Carlos Apache Region Champion

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Vision screening helps San Carlos boy find focus

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Now that he’s started kindergarten, Kaylee Talgo is happy that Bryson was able to start day one with clear vision.

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