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First Things First — Supporting families of young kids throughout Arizona

| November 17, 2020
First Things First — Supporting families of young kids throughout Arizona

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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First Things First — Tips on video chat, reading with baby and holiday gifts

| November 10, 2020
First Things First — Tips on video chat, reading with baby and holiday gifts

Top 5 Tips for Video Chat with Young Children
Babies and toddlers learn by interacting with caring adults. Video chat is a great way to help your little one build relationships and stay connected with long-distance family and friends.

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First Things First hiring Community Outreach Director

| November 3, 2020
First Things First hiring Community Outreach Director

First Things First is seeking to hire a Community Outreach Director who works to achieve the priority goals of First Things First community outreach, awareness and engagement efforts.

Primary areas of responsibility include coordinating and overseeing the work of 6-9 Community Outreach Coordinators stationed in regional offices across Arizona. The Community Outreach Director recommends, develops and implements community awareness and outreach goals, strategies and benchmarks.

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Arizona’s tribal communities resiliently continue early childhood services through pandemic. See more state education news here

| November 3, 2020
Arizona’s tribal communities resiliently continue early childhood services through pandemic. See more state education news here

Earlier this year, as tribal communities in Arizona took measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 — in some cases through partial or full government program closures, travel restrictions and stay-at-home orders — the measures also impacted how services were provided to their youngest children and families.

“In many tribal communities, there are many multigenerational homes, some including children. When someone tested positive for COVID-19, tribal communities were faced with trying to find a place for individuals to quarantine so the entire family was not affected,” said Candida Hunter, First Things First senior director of Tribal Affairs. “Many programs, including early childhood programs, were closed. Providers and services had to find ways to connect with families, despite the lack of internet connection and access to technology.”

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First Things First — Arizona tribal communities show resilience in serving children and families through pandemic

| October 20, 2020
First Things First — Arizona tribal communities show resilience in serving children and families through pandemic

To celebrate national Native American Heritage Month, FTF is sharing stories about our partnerships and work in tribal communities throughout November. We start with a story about how early childhood services were impacted in some of Arizona’s tribal communities during COVID-19 and how providers have adapted to support children and families.

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First Things First — New tools for parents and caregivers

| October 6, 2020
First Things First — New tools for parents and caregivers

Avoiding Toddler Tantrums
Toddlers can get frustrated and overwhelmed easily because the part of their brain that regulates emotion is still developing. An effective way to prevent frustration that can lead to a tantrum is to give your toddler clear choices.

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2020 Virtual Diné Early Childhood Summit on Sept. 29

| September 29, 2020
2020 Virtual Diné Early Childhood Summit on Sept. 29

In partnership with Navajo Project Indigenous LAUNCH, the First Things First Navajo Nation Region will convene the 2020 Diné Early Childhood Summit virtually due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The Summit will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29. Register at http://bit.ly/DineECSummit

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First Things First — A day that highlighted the importance of early childhood

| September 22, 2020
First Things First — A day that highlighted the importance of early childhood

This year’s First Things First Early Childhood Summit 2020 welcomed almost 5,000 attendees for a day of online learning and support for early childhood professionals who are weathering the effects of COVID-19. Featured speaker Rachel Wagner opened the summit with four memorable and effective steps for addressing difficult behaviors in children.

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First Things First — 5 things grandparents do for young children

| September 15, 2020
First Things First — 5 things grandparents do for young children

Grandparents can play many important roles: caregiver, teacher, trusted advisor for their adult children who are now parents themselves. And the love and emotional closeness that grandparents provide makes a positive impact on their grandchildren’s healthy development. That’s worth celebrating!

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First Things First — An Uncertain Future For Child Care 

| August 18, 2020
First Things First — An Uncertain Future For Child Care 

A reported 34% of child care providers remain closed since the pandemic began. Many families will depend on child care to be able to return to work, without it, experts fear the state’s economic recovery is in jeopardy.

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