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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 more about what we fund.

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
Peoria, AZ 85381

Region Stories — Southwest Maricopa More Stories from Southwest Maricopa

Elena Armbrust

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

  • Champion

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…

Boy with graduation cap and certificate

Developmental screening program helps get Avondale preschooler ready for kindergarten

  • developmental screenings

Maria Covarrubias of Avondale remembers watching her 3-year-old son Cesar, sitting by the door all day waiting for his older sister to return from…

Quality First preschool in Goodyear prepares boy with foundational skills

  • Quality First

​​For Warner D’Cunah of Goodyear, the cost of enrolling his three children in West Valley Christian School is an investment in quality education. His…

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