First Things First — Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence (AzCASE)

| September 17, 2019

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News and happenings about First Things First

September 2019

FTF Early Childhood Summit celebrates advocacy for Arizona’s young children

The 2019 First Things First Early Childhood Summit on Aug. 26-27 brought together 1,400 early childhood professionals and supporters with this year’s theme of advocating for young children’s healthy development and learning.
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Video: An opportunity for a brighter future

From the beginning, First Things First has been dedicated to the healthy development and school readiness of Arizona’s youngest children, and the participation and support of Arizonans from all walks of life has been essential. Working together, we are making a difference in the lives of our state’s young children and families. We’ve come a long way, but the heart of what First Things First is about has never changed — giving kids the opportunity for a brighter future.
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Thank you to FTF’s long-serving regional council members

First Things First celebrates the community volunteers who have reached the milestone of serving on regional partnership councils for 10 years. These dedicated citizens represent the many facets of our community that have a stake in our young children’s success, including parents, educators, child care professionals, health care providers, tribal communities, faith representatives, business leaders and philanthropists. 
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News Round-Up

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

Resource centers nourish parents, young children with food and education
Cronkite News, Aug. 14
Food pantry. Parenting classes. Tiny library. Reading skills for preschoolers and other children. Maricopa County has more than 30 family resource centers, from Buckeye to Chandler, that offer services to children, parents and guardians.

The centers take a holistic approach to child development, where reading and social skills are early markers of long term success. Not every center offers the same services. According to education advocacy group First Things First, all are based on building a parent-child support system.

Bashas’, First Things First team for September fundraiser
Scottsdale Independent, Sept. 3
Bashas’ shoppers will have the opportunity during September to help Arizona’s youngest children learn, grow and succeed. First Things First will be the beneficiary of a register promotion at all Bashas’ and Food City grocery stores throughout Arizona, including four locations in Scottsdale.

Money collected Sept. 1- 30 will benefit programs and services designed to help young children birth to age 5 be ready for kindergarten, according to a press release. First Things First is a state organization that funds strategies and initiatives in the areas of early learning, preventive health and family support.

“When voters created First Things First in 2006, their intent was that we partner with local communities to build on their strengths and address some of the gaps in services for children,” FTF CEO Marilee Dal Pra said in a prepared statement.

How can Arizona make life better for children? Here’s what the experts say
The Arizona Republic, Aug. 17
Sponsors of a child-abuse prevention conference held in Litchfield Park last month asked attendees to imagine “what if” when it came to make things better for children and families.

Many of the answers revolved around prevention, providing help to new parents so there would be no need to call child-welfare officials.

“I think it helps to inspire money for pure prevention,” said Becky Ruffner, executive director of Prevent Child Abuse Arizona, the conference sponsor, pointing to programs such as First Things First, which focus on early-childhood intervention and education.



Category: Advocacy, Child Welfare, Education, Educational Opportunities, Programs, Resources

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