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For Parents.To help you do the best you can, here’s some information, tools and resources for supporting your child’s healthy development and learning.
About FTF. Created by Arizona voters, First Things First partners with families and communities to help our state’s young children be ready for success in kindergarten and beyond.
Grants. First Things First invests in strategies and programs that support the development, health and learning of children birth to age 5 (before kindergarten).
Get Involved. First Things First partners with families and communities to give all Arizona children the opportunity to arrive at kindergarten healthy and ready to succeed.
What’s the best way to support the language and early literacy development of very young children? There’s a well-established and growing base of evidence…
As the days at home start to pile up, here are some ideas for fun at-home activities that highlight how young children learn and grow through play.
By the time children are 3 and 4 years old their vocabulary, attention and general knowledge are predictors of third- and fourth-grade reading comprehension.
VIDEO: This episode of Parents Playbook features tips for sharing books with your toddler, which helps them develop the language skills and vocabulary…
A recent study shows that the number of back-and-forth conversations you have with your young child is more important for brain development and language skills…
Studies found that when kids act out what they are reading, it helps the story come alive and allows kids to map the words to their experiences and better…
Librarian Wendy Resnik shares how bonding with books helps spark your child’s curiosity and introduces them to new words.
Reading together and having back-and-forth conversations help young kids develop the skills they’ll need to become good readers.
Dr. Kathy Hirsh-Pasek gets the attention of early educators when she asks: “What happened to play?” in her 2018 Summit presentation