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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 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

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First Things First Staff

Travis Le Duc

Regional Director, Tohono O’odham Nation


Jessica Harrington

Sr. Director, Southeast Regional Area


Sarah Fendenheim

Parent Awareness And Community Outreach Coordinator


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

Katherine Cohen

Katherine Cohen is Tohono O'odham Nation’s 2018 Champion for Young Children

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Katherine Cohen has been selected as the 2018 Tohono O’odham Nation’s First Things First Champion for Young Children.The award is given to local champions…

girls on playground

Quality First scholarship helps Tohono O’odham family

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Catherine Toro wanted her 2-year-old daughter Hailey to be somewhere that would help with her early childhood development.From the first day they visited…

District preschool helps prepare Tohono O’odham children for kindergarten

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​A preschool program at Indian Oasis Elementary School in Sells is providing quality early learning to children living on the Tohono O’odham Nation.In…

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