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Santa Cruz Region

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4,416

Population of young children (under age 6)

33%

Percentage of young children living in poverty

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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.

Priorities

The Santa Cruz 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:

  • Strengthening families through voluntary home visiting and family resource centers
  • Oral health screenings and fluoride varnishes
  • Improving the quality of child care and preschool programs
  • Scholarships for children to access high-quality early learning

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First Things First Staff

Francisco Padilla

Regional Director, Santa Cruz

520.761.3012

Jessica Harrington

Sr. Director, Southeast Regional Area

520.628.6675

Susan Faubion

Administrative Assistant II - Santa Cruz

520.761.3012

Regional Office

1740 N Mastick Way
Nogales, AZ 85621

Region Stories — Santa Cruz More Stories from Santa Cruz

young girl on first day of school

Quality First preschool helps Rio Rico girl fall in love with school

  • Quality First

Quality First preschool not only set up girl academically, but it set a strong foundation for socializing, which is so important at that age.

Laura Monarque

Laura Monarque is Santa Cruz’s 2018 Champion for Young Children

  • Champion

Laura Monarque has been selected as the 2018 Santa Cruz First Things First Champion for Young Children.The award is given to local champions who actively…

Home visitation program prepares Nogales preschooler for kindergarten and beyond

  • parenting education

​Nicole Velasquez had heard of the Healthy Families AZ program, which includes home visitation through the family resource center in Nogales, where she took…

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