First Things First — Oral health, positive parenting and raising awareness about early childhood

| January 26, 2021

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New oral health resource launches for National Children’s Dental Health Month

First Things First has joined with other state agencies and organizations to help more families understand the importance of early oral health and what they can do to help prevent tooth decay. The partners coordinated to launch the Healthy Teeth messaging and online content in time for February’s National Children’s Dental Health Month.
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FTF partners with ZERO TO THREE to promote positive parenting

First Things First is partnering with national early childhood organization ZERO TO THREE to promote Positive Parenting, an approach that focuses on building loving relationships with children through everyday moments. The new content includes the voices of parents, music videos, graphic design and other creative approaches intended to inform, engage and encourage.
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Share the message that early learning is key to building our future citizens and strong communities

First Things First recently launched its statewide awareness campaign – Early Learning, Lifelong Impact. The campaign focuses on the message that the experiences children have in their first five years impact all areas of their lives, which in turn impacts the future of our state.

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News Round-Up

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

Report: ‘Child care deserts’ hit poor, rural Arizona families hardest

Cronkite News/Arizona PBS, Jan. 4
A study from the Bipartisan Policy Center’s early childhood initiative says that Arizona child care deserts are more likely to be in poor, rural areas, as advocates push harder for accessible care. “We all pay the cost of not ensuring that children are where they need to be in their youngest years,” said First Things First CEO Marilee Dal Pra.


Opinion: Early childhood educators are essential to our economy and future

Newsweek, Jan. 13
The future of our economy depends on quality early childhood centers being open and that can only happen if we deeply invest in retaining our current educators, who have less incentive than ever to remain in the workforce.

First Things First awarded $200,000 to help child care centers address COVID-19

KVOA Tucson, Jan. 15
First Things First, Arizona’s early childhood agency, has received a $200,000 grant from the PNC Foundation to provide support to child care programs seeking health and safety guidance as they work to operate safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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