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Quote from business leader, Sharon Harper

Ensuring readiness for the workforce begins decades earlier

  • investments

Many economists contend that a future economy’s strong workforce starts by investing in children birth to age 5.

impact reports

2018 Impact Reports showcase regional work across Arizona

  • AZ communities

Want to know the impact that First Things First (FTF) is having in your community? Take a look at the 2018 FTF Regional Impact Reports.Every year, First Things…

Want to enhance economic development? Invest in child care

  • investments

Having high quality child care with the resources available for families to access is not just good for kids, it is good for parents as employees, their…


Read our 2017 annual report

  • AZ communities

Learn about the impact FTF programs have had on children and families over the past year, as well as system-building efforts that are expanding resources for…

Harvard Innovation in Government Award

Harvard recognizes FTF among Top 25 Innovations in American Government

  • board

First Things First’s innovative tiered governance structure engages Arizonans as volunteer leaders.


Legislative Day at Arizona State Capitol connects policymakers with early childhood stakeholders

  • AZ communities

The inaugural event highlighted why early childhood is critical to the future of our state and how it links to shared priorities such as healthy children,…

Innovation in Government Award

FTF named semifinalist in Harvard’s 2017 Innovations in American Government Awards competition

  • board

“What makes government work best is the drive to do better.” First Things First’s citizen-led, tiered governance structure was recognized as…

heckman quote

New research shows strong return on investing in high quality early childhood programs

  • Quality First

Economist James Heckman’s latest research suggests that investing in quality early childhood programs produces a 13 percent return on investment.…


2016 Annual Report details return on AZ’s early childhood investment

  • AZ communities

Since the inception of First Things First, the percentage of kindergarteners with untreated tooth decay has decreased by 8%. This and other notable…

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