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Southwest Maricopa Region



Population of young children (under age 6)


Percentage of young children living in poverty

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The Southwest Maricopa Region spans 4,325 square miles across the Southwest Valley. The largest region in Maricopa County, it is a predominantly rural area that has been one of the fastest-growing population centers in the state. This expansive region includes Avondale, Buckeye, Gila Bend, Goodyear, Litchfield Park, Tolleson and Tonopah.


The Southwest Maricopa 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 family resource centers, supporting children with special needs, voluntary home visiting and parenting education
  • Improving the quality of child care and preschool programs
  • Scholarships for children to access high-quality early learning
  • Improving the quality of family, friend and neighbor care
  • Kindergarten transition
  • Oral health screenings and fluoride varnishes
  • Promoting health, nutrition and physical activity

Learn about FTF’s impact in this region.

First Things First Staff

Annette Bourne

Regional Director, Southwest Maricopa


Wendy Sabatini

Sr. Director, Maricopa Region


Caitlyn Hollins

Administrative Assistant III


Brett Benninghoff

Parent Awareness & Community Outreach Coordinator


Cynthia Gandara

Administrative Assistant II - NW & SW Maricopa


Regional Office

Thunderbird Office Park
14050 N. 83rd Ave., Suite #140
Peoria, AZ 85381

Region Stories — Southwest Maricopa More Stories from Southwest Maricopa

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Chantal Tademy is the 2019 Southwest Maricopa Region Champion

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Chantal Tademy has been selected as the 2019 First Things First Southwest Maricopa Region Champion for Young Children.

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In-home child care puts quality first and helps Buckeye boy test early into kindergarten

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With help from a Quality First scholarship, the Linos enrolled their son in a licensed in-home child care center in Buckeye.

Elena Armbrust

Elena Armbrust is Southwest Maricopa’s 2018 Champion for Young Children

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Elena Armbrust has been selected as the 2018 Southwest Maricopa First Things First Champion for Young Children.The award is given to local champions who…

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