Skip to content
First Things First First Things First

Santa Cruz Region



Population of young children (under age 6)


Percentage of young children living in poverty

(Click for a detailed map.)

The Santa Cruz Region covers almost all of Santa Cruz County, the smallest county in the state of Arizona. Situated in the Sonoran desert of southeast Arizona, Santa Cruz County and the Santa Cruz Region are home to six communities: Nogales, Patagonia, Rio Rico, Sonoita, Elgin and Tubac. Nogales is the county seat and is one of the largest ports of entry between Mexico and the United States. The area surrounding the Amado community in the northwestern corner of the county is assigned to the Pima South Region.


The Santa Cruz 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:

  • Strengthening families through voluntary home visiting and family resource centers
  • Scholarships for children to access high-quality early learning
  • Strengthening families through voluntary home visiting

First Things First Staff

Jessica Harrington

Sr. Director, Southeast Regional Area


Francisco Padilla

Regional Director, Santa Cruz


Christine Sbragia

Administrative Specialist II, Santa Cruz


Regional Office

1145 W. Frontage Rd., Suite 1
Rio Rico, AZ 85648

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