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Report Highlights Challenges of State’s Youngest Children

| January 24, 2018
Report Highlights Challenges of State’s Youngest Children

Almost 1 in 3 young children in Arizona live in poverty, a risk factor for later difficulties, including lower academic achievement. This is just one of the challenges faced by many of Arizona’s almost 550,000 infants, toddlers and preschoolers and highlighted in a new report from First Things First.

Also included in the Building Bright Futures report:

• the population of children birth to 5 in Arizona is expected to grow by 19 percent by 2030;
• 29% of young children in Arizona live in poverty (compared to 24% nationally);
• 34% of young children lack the needed vaccinations (compared to 28% nationally);
• Only 26% of Arizona parents reported they had been asked to complete a developmental screening for their children (on par with national results); and
• 64% of Arizona children don’t attend preschool (compared to almost 47% nationally).

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