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Tohono O’odham Nation Region



Population of young children (under age 6)


Percentage of young children living in poverty

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The Tohono O’odham Nation’s lands are located within the Sonoran Desert in south central Arizona. The boundaries of the First Things First Tohono O’odham Region are the same as the Nation’s federally-recognized reservation boundaries. These include the noncontiguous San Xavier (Tucson) and San Lucy (Gila Bend & Glendale) districts; Florence Village, a small community outside the City of Florence in Pinal County; and the eight contiguous districts that make up the majority of Western Pima County and small southern portions of Maricopa and Pinal counties. They include Gu Vo, Hickiwan, Sif Oidak, Gu Achi, Pisinemo,Chukut Kuk, Sells, Shuk Toak and Baboquivari districts.


The Tohono O’odham Nation 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:

  • Improving the quality of child care and preschool programs
  • Scholarships for children to access high-quality early learning
  • Increasing access to quality early learning programs
  • Strengthening families through connections to community services
  • Cultivating early learning opportunities via professional pathways at colleges

Learn about FTF’s impact in this region

First Things First Staff

Jessica Harrington

Sr. Director, Southeast Regional Area


Lisette DeMars

Regional Director, Tohono O'odham Nation


Roxanne Ochoa

Administrative Assistant III, Southeast Regional Area


Melissa Rosciano

Parent Awareness and Community Outreach Coordinator


Region Stories — Tohono O'odham Nation More Stories from Tohono O'odham Nation

Deidre Ortega

Deidre Ortega is the 2020 Tohono O’odham Nation Region Champion

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Deidre Ortega has been selected as the 2020 First Things First Tohono O’odham Nation Region Champion for Young Children.The award is given to local champions…

Marjorie Juan

Tohono O’odham Nation elder finds joy in guiding and shaping young children

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The path to earning two college degrees was not a simple one for Juan, whose career in early childhood education on the Tohono O’odham Nation spans more than…

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Belinda Fendenheim is the 2019 Tohono O'odham Nation Region Champion

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Belinda Fendenheim has been selected as the 2019 First Things First Tohono O’odham Nation Region Champion for Young Children.

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