News and happenings about First Things First — December 2019

| December 17, 2019

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First Things First thanks all of you who share our commitment to supporting the healthy development and learning of Arizona’s babies, toddlers and preschoolers.
 
As 2019 comes to a close, we’d like to highlight some of our most important news and stories that you might have missed.
 
2019 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.
 
High-quality early education outcomes extend to second generation
An update to the well-known Perry Preschool study focuses on a powerful, additional benefit: better outcomes for the children of the original study participants.
 
Spanish-language resources to help support healthy development 
Early childhood providers and educators can share Spanish-language resources from First Things First with parents and families.
 
Building strong families one visit at a time
First Things First funds voluntary, evidence-based home visitation programs, where one-on-one visits with trained educators support families and children experiencing challenges.
 
Our 2019 Annual Report details how young lives are impacted throughout Arizona
Learn how First Things First works with communities and families to promote school readiness in Arizona’s young children.
 
New members bring varied perspectives to FTF Board
The First Things First Board welcomed three new members in 2019: Judge Richard Weiss of Kingman, Vince Yanez of Mesa and Marcia Klipsch of Tucson
 
Newly-elected FTF Chair plans to engage Arizona’s leaders on behalf of young kids
Gerald Szostak will serve as chair of the First Things First state Board through June 2021.
 
Nadine Mathis Basha shares her farewell
The driving force behind the creation of First Things First, Nadine completed her service in 2019 as the longest-serving Board member in FTF’s history.
 
Video: Our Story
From the beginning, First Things First has been dedicated to the healthy development and school readiness of Arizona’s youngest children. We’ve come a long way, but the heart of what FTF is about has never changed — giving kids the opportunity for a brighter future.

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