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As Arizonans go back to work, young kids need quality child care

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Learn what is being done to improve the quality of child care and to increase access in urban, rural and tribal communities across the state.

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Children try gardening in outdoor classroom

  • child development

In gardens, children can learn outside of the classroom by investigating nature while teachers introduce basic science and math concepts.

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Quality First preschool prepares Yuma siblings for kindergarten success

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As a divorced single mother of 2-year-old twin boys and a 9-month-old daughter, Laura Elena Torres of Yuma struggled to make rent, food and other monthly…

Quality First program helps Whiteriver child with speech difficulties find her voice

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​Military families face many challenges. From moving to a new town every two to four years to adjusting to the deployment of a family member, military…

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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…

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College scholarship a life-changer for child care provider

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When Desiree Lohrenz decided to open a home child care center in Tucson, she wanted it to be the kind of early learning environment that would have a lasting…

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Quality First preschool helps siblings be confident in academics and social skills

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Stephanie Carl faced hard times in 2013 when she found herself raising her preschool-aged children on her own.“I had been a stay-at-home mom, taking care…

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Quality First preschool helps Chinle preschooler gain important literacy skills

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Lola Wood was trying her best to get her young son Takoda interested in learning while they were together at home, but felt like he needed more motivation and…


Former preemies get strong start at Quality First center in Kingman

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Avery and Ariya Espinosa were born 10 weeks premature, each weighing less than four pounds. They spent their first six weeks in the neonatal intensive care…

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