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Yuma Region



Population of young children (under age 6)


Percentage of young children living in poverty

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The Yuma Region is defined as Yuma County, not including the lands belonging to the Cocopah Indian Tribe. The Arizona portion of the Fort Yuma-Quechan Reservation is also located within the region along the Colorado River near the city of Yuma.


The Yuma 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
  • Improving the quality of family, friend and neighbor care
  • Strengthening families through voluntary home visiting, parenting education and supporting children with special needs
  • Supporting early literacy by increasing access to books
  • Oral health screenings and fluoride varnishes
  • Promoting health, nutrition and physical activity

First Things First Staff

Ashley Pascual

Sr. Director, West Regional Area


Rudy Ortiz

Regional Director, Yuma


Rosa Baez Ruiz

Community Outreach Coordinator


Francis Martinez

Program Coordination Specialist


Marie Megui

Administrative Assistant III - West Region


Regional Office

233 S 2nd Ave
Yuma, AZ 85364

Region Stories — Yuma More Stories from Yuma

Home visitation helps Yuma mom keep her premature baby on track with his developmental milestones

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The Healthy Families home visitation program provides parents with regular in-home visits from a trained parent coach.

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Ana Bribiesca is the 2021 Yuma Champion for Young Children

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Ana Bribiesca has been selected as the 2021 First Things First Yuma Region Champion for Young Children.The award is given to local champions who actively…

Mom smiling with her three daughters around her

Quality First preschool helps three sisters from San Luis succeed in kindergarten and beyond

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The FTF Yuma Regional Partnership Council funds Quality First so families can send their children to quality care centers and preschool.

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