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Southeast Maricopa Region



Population of young children (under age 6)


Percentage of young children living in poverty

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The Southeast Maricopa Region is comprised of several communities within the southeastern portion of Maricopa County and includes Mesa and Gilbert, as well as the parts of Queen Creek and Apache Junction which lie within Maricopa County. It also includes some unincorporated areas adjacent to Mesa or Gilbert.


The Southeast Maricopa 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
  • Improving the quality of child care and preschool programs
  • Scholarships for children to access high-quality early learning
  • Oral health screenings and fluoride varnishes

Learn about FTF’s impact in this region

First Things First Staff

Sheri Collins

Parent Awareness & Community Outreach Coordinator


Lisa Ciolli

Parent Awareness & Community Outreach Coordinator


Caitlyn Hollins

Administrative Assistant III


Jennifer Pike

Administrative Assistant II - SE Maricopa & Salt River Maricopa


Karen Yearwood

Sr. Director, Maricopa Regional Area


Joy Leveen

Regional Director, Southeast Maricopa


Regional Office

1839 S Alma School Rd, Ste 100
Mesa, AZ 85210

Region Stories — Southeast Maricopa More Stories from Southeast Maricopa

Maria Villalobos

Maria Villalobos is the 2020 Southeast Maricopa Region Champion

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Maria Villalobos has been selected as the 2020 First Things First Southeast Maricopa Champion for Young Children.The award is given to local champions who…

Family reading together

Home visitation program helps Mesa girl with her confidence

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“Now with the help of our parent educator, I’ve learned many different approaches so that my husband and I can help Ariya with life skills and prepare her…

Champion volunteer for Southeast Maricopa

Jeanie Pefferly is the 2019 Southeast Maricopa Region Champion

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Jeanie Pefferly has been selected as the 2019 First Things First Southeast Maricopa Region Champion for Young Children.

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