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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 council’s priorities include:

  • Improving the quality of child care and preschool programs
  • Improving the quality of family, friend and neighbor care
  • Promoting health, nutrition and physical activity
  • Developmental, sensory and oral health screenings
  • Strengthening families through native language preservation and parenting workshops

Learn about FTF’s impact in this region

First Things First Staff

LaToya Beatty

Regional Director, San Carlos Apache


Cindi Alva

Sr. Director, Central East Region


Veronica Gossett

Parent Awareness and Community Outreach Coordinator


Nicole Vargas

Administrative Assistant II - Gila & San Carlos


Regional Office

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

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Bernie Kniffin is the 2019 San Carlos Apache Region’s Champion

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Bernie Kniffin has been selected as the 2019 First Things First San Carlos Apache Region Champion for Young Children.

Dr. Chinwe Egbo

Dr. Chinew Egbo is San Carlos Apache’s 2018 Champion for Young Children

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Gardening encourages San Carlos Apache girl to make healthy food choices and stay active

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