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2020 Annual Report

First Things First 2020 Annual Report details continued commitment to children and communities

  • early childhood

This year we are proudest of the role that FTF and partners played in ensuring crucial early childhood programs continued during the crisis.

Encuentre Servicios

New online tool helps Spanish-speaking parents find programs and services in their area

  • child development

Encuentre Servicios is a companion to FTF’s Find Programs, which provides an easy way to find FTF-funded programs available near you.

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Virtual FTF Early Childhood Summit 2020 triples conference attendance

  • early childhood

The FTF Early Childhood Summit 2020 welcomed more than 4,000 attendees for online learning and support for early child care professionals.

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Becoming a better preschool teacher through a community of practice

  • early childhood

The professional development program is designed to strengthen knowledge of developmentally appropriate practices and how young kids learn.

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An uncertain future for child care in Arizona

  • child care

Early childhood experts discuss what the future holds for child care in Arizona and how our economy can survive without this crucial support.

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Great Expectations keeps pre-k teacher forever learning

  • early childhood

Pre-k teacher Ysidro Holmes is flourishing, thanks in part to support and mentoring from the Great Expectations program, funded through First Things First.

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2020 regional Champions for Young Children honored

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FTF is honoring early childhood champions throughout Arizona who actively volunteer to raise awareness of the importance of early childhood.

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FTF College Scholarship recipient works to guide young Navajo children in the right direction

  • early childhood

The FTF Navajo Nation Regional Council is one of 15 FTF regions that supports professional development opportunities, including college scholarships.

Miss City of Tucson Outstanding Teen is with a little girl in front of a slide at a playground.

Teen advocates for Arizona’s youngest children

  • champion

At 16, Isabella Valencia has become a strong advocate for spreading the word of the importance of early childhood education.

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