First Things First — A day that highlighted the importance of early childhood

| September 22, 2020

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September 2020

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Virtual FTF Early Childhood Summit 2020 triples conference attendance

This year’s First Things First Early Childhood Summit 2020 welcomed almost 5,000 attendees for a day of online learning and support for early childhood professionals who are weathering the effects of COVID-19. Featured speaker Rachel Wagner opened the summit with four memorable and effective steps for addressing difficult behaviors in children.
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Watch the FTF Early Childhood Summit sessions

If you missed the virtual FTF Early Childhood Summit, the recorded sessions are available to view on the Summit website. Each session was chosen to support early childhood professionals through this challenging time with a focus on practical strategies they can implement with young children and their families immediately.
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FTF Phoenix North Region honored with Eddie Basha Award for Leadership and Service

Community volunteers from the FTF Phoenix North Region were honored at the FTF Early Childhood Summit for their collective work to improve access to healthy food for young children.
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News Round-Up

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

First Things First offers help, tips for grandparents
Mohave Valley Daily News, Sept. 12
First Things First, Arizona’s early childhood agency, knows that families can look different, but they can all help babies, toddlers and preschoolers feel and secure. As national Grandparents Day is celebrated today, FTF reminds families about resources that can help grandparents build positive relationships with their grandchildren, which promotes healthy development and learning for young kids.
Governor Ducey announces nearly $100 million for child care programs, small business relief
Flagstaff Business News, Aug. 17
Gov. Doug Ducey recently announced $98 million in new resources to help workers and business impacted by COVID-19. Provided by the CARES Act, $88 million will go toward supporting child care programs throughout the state.
‘The most crushing, anxious parenting choice’: To return to child care or not?
The Washington Post, Sept. 3
Parents of babies, toddlers and preschoolers have been faced with their own daunting decisions: Is it safe to let little children spend their days in communal spaces? How will it affect a child’s development if they don’t return to child care or preschool? What are the risks and sacrifices involved if they do?


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