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Maria Villalobos

Maria Villalobos is the 2020 Southeast Maricopa Region Champion

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Maria Villalobos has been selected as the 2020 First Things First Southeast Maricopa Champion for Young Children.The award is given to local champions who…

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Home visitation program helps Mesa girl with her confidence

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“Now with the help of our parent educator, I’ve learned many different approaches so that my husband and I can help Ariya with life skills and prepare her…

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2019 Regional Champions for Young Children honored

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These volunteers spend their free time working to help their community better understand the importance of early childhood through a variety of ways.

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Jeanie Pefferly is the 2019 Southeast Maricopa Region Champion

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Jeanie Pefferly has been selected as the 2019 First Things First Southeast Maricopa Region Champion for Young Children.

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Home-based Quality First center in Mesa helps ‘sympathetic soul’ excel

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The home-based Quality First center has a small family setting, a low number of children and a director passionate about early education and children.

FTF Champion Volunteer

First Things First honors 2018 Champions for Young Children throughout Arizona

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Every year, First Things First honors early childhood champions throughout Arizona who actively volunteer to raise awareness of the importance of early…

Preventing Hunger

Tackling childhood hunger and obesity in Maricopa County

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First Things First regions in Maricopa County are part of a new systems-building partnership to reduce hunger, increase access to nutritious foods and reduce…


Parents as Teachers helps Gilbert couple teach fragile son

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For Scott and Pat Hall of Gilbert, their adopted son Ethan was a miracle. Born seven weeks early and weighing only 4 pounds, the medical crises with the baby…


New directions parenting class helps resolve sibling strife

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Maanasi was having a hard time playing sibling referee for her two children, ages 9 and 3. They would fight over toys, books and even where the other was…

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