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First Things First — Kindness, Mister Rogers and Tummy Time

| January 7, 2020
First Things First — Kindness, Mister Rogers and Tummy Time

Most parents want their child to be kind and caring. But are babies born to be kind, or do kindness and empathy need to be learned?

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Holidays and your little ones

| December 17, 2019
Holidays and your little ones

The holidays are upon us. It means lots of gatherings with families and friends, delicious food, cookies, candy, late nights and super-excited children!

Even though we all look forward to this fun time of year, we know that routines go out the window, eating habits will be in flux and excess sugar is inevitable. 

Babies and toddlers are being introduced to family members they’ve never met before. And although the adults are thrilled to meet new additions to the family fold, young children may be apprehensive and resistant.

If travel is in your future for the holidays this too can cause anxiety and concern for your little one. As they experience sitting in a car for hours or flying for the first time, it can be tiring and overwhelming with tears and irritability forthcoming.

And let’s not forget sleep! Just when you thought you had your child’s sleep ritual under control it will be turned upside down.

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News and happenings about First Things First — December 2019

| December 17, 2019
News and happenings about First Things First — December 2019

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.

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First Things First — All About Play

| November 5, 2019
First Things First — All About Play

When young children are playing, they’re learning

Babies, toddlers and preschoolers explore, discover, interact and learn through play. It’s fun, and play supports all aspects of your child’s healthy development.
 
Click through for a collection of videos and articles about the importance of play and easy ways to play with your little one that build their brain and nurture their healthy development and learning.

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First Things First — Early intervention services, celebrating Native American Heritage Month and helping families in their homes

| October 22, 2019
First Things First — Early intervention services, celebrating Native American Heritage Month and helping families in their homes

This year, the importance of teaching native languages to young children is being highlighted during November’s Native American Heritage Month. FTF supports the preservation of native languages through a variety of ways.

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First Things First — Safe sleep tips, getting ready for Halloween and tracking your child’s development

| October 8, 2019
First Things First — Safe sleep tips, getting ready for Halloween and tracking your child’s development

Click here for the entire e-newsletter October 2019   Safe sleep for your baby October is Safe Sleep Awareness Month in Arizona, highlighting the things you can do to create a safe sleep environment in your home. Learn more   Tips to ease your little one into Halloween Halloween is a fun time of year, […]

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First Things First release 2019 Annual Report

| September 24, 2019
First Things First release 2019 Annual Report

When Arizonans created First Things First (FTF), they envisioned an organization that would work with communities and families to promote school readiness for our youngest children. I am so pleased to be able to report to you on our success in realizing that vision, and to be able to thank you for the role you play in improving outcomes for children birth to age 5 across Arizona.

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First Things First — Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence (AzCASE)

| September 17, 2019
First Things First — Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence (AzCASE)

The 2019 First Things First Early Childhood Summit on Aug. 26-27 brought together 1,400 early childhood professionals and supporters with this year’s theme of advocating for young children’s healthy development and learning.

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First Things First — Long-term study shows quality preschool works for generations

| August 20, 2019
First Things First — Long-term study shows quality preschool works for generations

High-quality early education outcomes extend to second generation.

An update to the well-known Perry Preschool study focuses on a new benefit: better outcomes for the original study participants’ own children.  Results show multi-generational impact: participants’ children are also more likely to have better life outcomes when compared to the control group’s children.  

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First Things First — Summit 2019: Last call for registration

| August 20, 2019
First Things First — Summit 2019: Last call for registration

Last Call for Registration

The Summit is a week away—but you can register now and join us for two days of keynote and featured speakers, 80+ breakout sessions on a wide range of early childhood topics, and the opportunity to meet, learn and share strategies that help kids be ready for school and set for life.

Visit summit.firstthingsfirst.org to preview breakout sessions, speakers, extra events and other information.

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