First Things First — Early intervention services, celebrating Native American Heritage Month and helping families in their homes

| October 22, 2019

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Teaching native languages to next generation by starting in early childhood

This year, the importance of teaching native languages to young children is being highlighted during November’s Native American Heritage Month. FTF supports the preservation of native languages through a variety of ways.
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Ensuring a young child’s healthy development is a partnership among many

A collaboration of state agencies and other partners, convened by First Things First, is working together to improve the system that addresses the developmental needs of Arizona’s young children. They are working in areas ranging from better coordinating early screening services to improving existing services and professional development for services providers.
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Referral system streamlines in-home visit help

A program supported by First Things First is making it a little easier for thousands of families to find support as their child’s first teacher through in-home visits from a parent coach, also known as home visitation. Parents Partners Plus, which is a program of Southwest Human Development, offers a coordinated referral system for all voluntary home visitation programs in Maricopa County
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News Round-Up

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

‘Small, but mighty’ Arizona programs work to counter childhood poverty
KJZZ, Oct. 2
One in five Arizona children is growing up in a poor neighborhood, according to the latest statistics from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. “It’s concerning because poverty is at the root of so many other adverse experiences in childhood,” said Liz Barker Alvarez, chief policy advisor for First Things First, a statewide organization that funds health and education programs to benefit young children.
 
Growing a reader from the very beginning
White Mountain Independent, Sept. 27
First Things First
recently launched a new resource page designed to get parents reading and talking with their child at an early age.
 
FTF’s Language and Early Literacy Development page provides ways families can help build early language and literacy skills. These include how to read with your baby and toddler, how reading helps develop life skills and videos that show the importance of back-and-forth conversations with babies.
 
How a prenatal ‘bootcamp’ for new dads helps the whole family
National Public Radio, Sept. 8
Around the U.S., a number of health care providers, such as the non-profit Bootcamp for New Dads in New York City, have begun trying to change their approach to prenatal classes. Some go as far to hold single-sex prenatal classes specifically for men.  
 
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