First Things First — Big news in 2020 for Arizona’s young kids

| January 21, 2020

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News and happenings about First Things First

January 2020

FTF Chief of Communications and Engagement Angela Mussi and FTF Southwest Regional Director Annette Bourne discuss this month’s top news stories.
 
Serve your Arizona community
Make a difference in the lives of young children by serving on a First Things First regional partnership council. You will work with community members to help identify funding priorities and strengthen the services and supports available to young children and their families.
 
Updated report details state of young children
The data and information included in FTF’s biennial report, Building Bright Futures, provides significant insights into the challenges facing young children in Arizona – challenges that threaten their well-being today and their school success tomorrow. 
 
Why counting Arizona’s kids is important
Families with children birth to age 5 are encouraged to respond beginning in March to the 2020 Census. Responding to the census is an easy, safe and important way to ensure needed resources are provided for young kids and their families for the next 10 years.
 
 

News Round-Up

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

Arizona is 10th worst state to raise a family, report says
The Arizona Republic, Jan. 7
The report compared 50 states across 50 individual metrics to find out which states are best to raise a family in. Arizona ranked the 10th worst state in the country to raise a family in, according to the rankings. The 50 metrics used were separated into five categories: Family Fun, Health & Safety, Education & Child Care, Affordability and Socio-Economics. Arizona scored 48th in both Affordability and Education & Child Care. 
 
Be a voice for young children in the Verde Valley, volunteer today
The Verde Independent, Jan. 13
First Things First is Arizona’s early childhood health and development agency and seeks about 150 volunteers for the opportunity to collaborate with other dedicated community members in local communities across Arizona. This year, FTF has made the application process simple with an easy online application at this link.

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