First Things First — 3 success stories from our FTF families

| December 21, 2021
News and happenings about First Things First

December 2021

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Every year, First Things First publishes stories featuring children and families who have benefited from FTF-funded programs and services. In this month’s newsletter, we are highlighting those triumphs in three stories from across Arizona. We encourage you to read the stories from the remaining 25 FTF regions which can be found on our website under Region Stories.

Quality First preschool helps Aguila boy develop confidence

He wouldn’t stop crying.

No matter what Edi Medina tried, her son Leo did not want to go to preschool.

Leo was attending Aguila Preschool and would arrive home in tears. His teachers told Medina that Leo was crying throughout the day. The teachers at the preschool were determined to help young Leo feel as comfortable as possible. Read how Quality First, funded by the FTF Northwest Maricopa Regional Partnership Council, helps teachers increase their skills so they can help Leo and other preschoolers like him.

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Sierra Vista mom learns how to connect with 5-year-old daughter after taking parenting classes

Angela Caruso needed help connecting with her preschool-age daughter, Analee, who had difficulty communicating due to hearing loss.

Caruso learned strategies like redirecting behavior and managing meltdowns in a free, virtual parenting classes offered by the Arizona’s Children Association, which is funded by the FTF Cochise Regional Partnership Council.

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Kith and Kin program helps Whiteriver mom be a better parent and caregiver

As a stay-at-home mom living in Whiteriver, Michelle Eubank cares for her three children with her youngest child Jasper, just turning 1 year. During weekday work hours she also watches her two nieces and nephews ranging from two months old to school age.

She was looking for ways “to learn to be a better parent and caretaker” and found help through the Kith and Kin program, which is funded by the FTF White Mountain Apache Tribe Regional Partnership Council.

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News Round-Up

News about early childhood around Arizona and across the U.S.

Report: Child care woes cost Arizona economy $1.8 billion a year

AZ Mirror, Dec. 7
Instability in Arizona’s child care system is costing the state an estimated $1.8 billion in economic activity a year, according to a new U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation report, as gaps in care force parents to forgo professional and educational opportunities.


Pima County now offering scholarships for early childhood education

Inside Tucson Business, Dec. 3
Parents who are looking for help in paying for child care can now apply for Pima County’s new Pima Early Education Program scholarships. The PEEPSs program is designed to expand the availability of high-quality preschool to eligible families. High-quality preschools are rated through the Quality First program run by First Things First.  

The U.S. almost had universal child care 50 years ago. The same attacks might kill it today

Time, Oct. 26
Fifty years ago on Dec. 9, 1971, President Nixon vetoed another landmark bill, the Comprehensive Child Development Act (CDA), which would have created federally-funded public child care centers across the U.S. and scholars say the origins of child care as a hot button political issue can be traced to the pushback Nixon faced back then.

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