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Thank you for your interest in First Things First. Join us in supporting the healthy development and learning of Arizona’s young children. We need the passion and participation of Arizonans like you — those who want better lives for our children and a better future for our state.

Our mission is early childhood.

First Things First is Arizona’s early childhood agency. By focusing on the early years — when the brain develops more than any other time in life — we help more of Arizona’s youngest children have the opportunity to reach their full potential. First Things First has helped thousands of babies, toddlers and preschoolers in our state have access to high-quality early learning, family support and preventive health programs. And that’s making a significant impact on Arizona’s future.


Arizonans across the state have joined the cause.

First Things First is making a difference, but we can’t do it alone. Across the state, early childhood champions lend their energy and effort to help spread the word about the importance of early childhood in their local communities. You can, too. Here are just a few ways that early childhood champions are making a positive impact for Arizona’s young children and families:

Sarah Mendoza

Firefighter and paramedic Sarah Mendoza hosts events and distributes early childhood information and resources to families at local fire stations in the Buckeye Valley Fire District.

Third-grade teacher and church minister Trena Antonio shares the importance of early literacy with the congregants of her church in San Carlos and shares age-appropriate books with parents of babies, toddlers and preschoolers.

Michael Peterson

Graham County Superior Court Judge Michael Peterson provides local resource guides, FTF-sponsored children’s books and information on the importance of reading to families with young children who spend time in his courtroom.

Anthony and Kim Gathers

Business owners Anthony and Kim Gathers work with FTF to educate families and distribute parent resource literature and children’s books at their two barber shops and a youth center located in an underserved community in Phoenix.

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You can be a champion, too.

First Things First champions volunteer their time and energy to raise awareness of the importance of early childhood in their local community and build grassroots support for prioritizing the needs of young children and families.

  • Champions organize and attend community events.
  • They conduct outreach to parents and families, early learning providers, influencers and policymakers.
  • They speak to local service groups, faith communities, businesses, public safety and community organizations.
  • They find opportunities to provide local families with information and resources to help them support their young child’s healthy development
  • They support policies that expand services and support for early childhood in business, faith, health, K-12 education and other sectors.
  • They build connections and partnerships.

Champions do all of these things, and more, to raise awareness and prioritize the needs of young children and families in their Arizona community.

 


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It’s easy to show your support for early childhood in Arizona. Sign up for our newsletters. Follow us and share our content on social media. Invite First Things First to make a presentation to your group. Or learn to effectively use your own voice to highlight the importance of early childhood in your community.

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Email us at community@firstthingsfirst.org.

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The early years are critical for a child’s healthy development, and investing in quality early childhood programs benefits kids, families, communities and our state. Learn more and share:

 

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