First Things First — Supporting families of young kids throughout Arizona

| November 17, 2020

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November 2020

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Supporting families of young kids virtually

FTF funds early learning and family support programs across the state. Many of those programs have adjusted the way they work with families to continue to provide services during this challenging time.
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Quality early learning continues to improve in Arizona

The number of Quality First child care centers and preschool programs meeting or exceeding standards is at an all-time high. Almost 80% of more than 1,000 participants have achieved a 3-, 4- or 5-star rating, with 5-star the highest rating possible.
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Find simple ways to be a champion for young children with FTF’s Take Action page

FTF’s Take Action page offers easy ways to connect with FTF and join others across the state who are taking action . You can connect with our Community Outreach team,  download fact sheets and find helpful resources to show your support for early childhood.
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News Round-Up

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

Opening ‘so many doors for families’: COVID-19 underscores importance of wraparound care for new moms and children
USA Today, Oct. 20
During the pandemic, programs connecting at-risk new mothers and their babies with medical, mental health and social services—through home visits or teams of health workers—have become more critical and harder to come by. Organizations such as HealthySteps, which has 170 locations in 23 states, help fill the void.
 
Covid-19 and child care: What the latest research says
The Washington Post, Oct. 22
A recent national study from researchers at Yale University, which was published in the journal Pediatrics, found that child care workers who continued to go to work during the early months of the pandemic, exposing themselves regularly to young children, did not have an increased risk of contracting the virus compared with those who stayed home — provided that safety measures were being strictly followed.
 
Tempe PRE giving youngsters, families an early shot at success
Tempe and West Chandler Wrangler News, Oct. 19
Nearly 120 preschoolers returned to the classroom this week through Tempe PRE, the city’s program for families who live and work in the city. Tempe PRE was highlighted in the annual report for First Things First The report noted that program efforts have served children well.
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