First Things First 2017 Annual Report

| September 23, 2017

The foundation of a child’s success is rooted in early childhood. Since 2007, Arizonans have entrusted First Things First with resources to expand or enhance early childhood programs that help Arizona children birth to age 5 get ready for school and set for life!

FTF recently released its 2017 Annual Report. The report demonstrates how programs funded by FTF are impacting young children and their families, and how FTF works with other public organizations to maximize resources and avoid duplication. It also highlights how state and national organizations are recognizing FTF’s efforts. Among highlights in this year’s report:

  • The percentage of early learning programs that meet or exceed quality standards has increased from 25% to 71%;
  • FTF’s collaboration efforts throughout the past eight years have preserved more than $300 million in federal child care funds that otherwise would have been lost; and,
  • In 2017, Harvard University named FTF one of its Top 25 Innovations in American Government.

This year’s Annual Report also provides data to continue to inform and inspire our collective efforts to improve outcomes for children 5 and younger throughout the state.

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Category: Child Welfare, Programs

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