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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 regional 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


First Things First Staff

Annette Bourne

Regional Director, Southwest Maricopa


Karen Yearwood

Sr. Director, Maricopa Regional Area


Brett Benninghoff

Parent Awareness & Community Outreach Coordinator


Caitlyn Hollins

Administrative Assistant III


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

Mother reading to her children that are sitting next to her on the floor

Home visitation program provides Avondale boys path to success

  • family support

The FTF Southwest Maricopa Regional Partnership Council funds the home visitation strategy which offers individualized support to parents of young children.

Sarah Mendoza

Sarah Mendoza is the 2020 First Things First Southwest Maricopa Champion

  • champion

Sarah Mendoza has been selected as the 2020 First Things First Southwest Maricopa Champion for Young Children.The award is given to local champions who…

family with parent educator

Home visitation program helps Buckeye boy expand his vocabulary

  • family support

Reina Jimenez said, “I know that this program is what helped his progress the most and I am happy and relieved about his development.”

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