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| December 15, 2020

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December 2020

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As 2020 comes to a close, First Things First thanks all of you for your continued dedication to the healthy development and learning of Arizona’s babies, toddlers and preschoolers.

Young children and their families faced many challenges this year. But we also saw many positive examples of communities working to support them. Here are just some of those stories.

 
PNC Foundation grant to help child care centers address COVID-19 health and safety concerns
The PNC Foundation recently awarded FTF a grant to create the AZ Healthy Child Care Helpline for child care providers.
 
2020 Regional Impact Reports
Get details on the work of each First Things First regional partnership council and the impact they’re making in communities across Arizona.
 
Say thank you to Arizona’s child care providers 
FTF invites families to show their gratitude for the state’s early care and education providers through the #ShareTheCareAZ campaign.
 
Importance of child care now clearer than ever before
Early childhood experts discuss what the future holds for child care in Arizona and how our economy depends on this crucial support.
 
Arizona’s tribal communities resiliently continue early childhood services through pandemic
Early childhood providers in tribal communities have found ways to connect with families, despite often lacking internet connection and access to technology.
 
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.
 
New tool to help identify developmental milestones available for families
The new Ages and Stages online tool offers activities that families can do with their child to promote healthy development.
 
First Things First 2020 Annual Report details continued commitment to children and communities
This year we are most proud of the role that FTF and our partners played in ensuring crucial early childhood programs continued during the COVID-19 crisis.
 
New regional council members vow strong start for kids
Thirty four new regional partnership council members join the already 274 dedicated community volunteerss who serve on 28 FTF regional councils across Arizona.
 
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