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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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First Things First — Summit 2019: Two weeks left until the Summit

| August 12, 2019
First Things First — Summit 2019: Two weeks left until the Summit

The Summit is two weeks away! 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.

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First Things First update for July 22 — Summit 2019: Regular registration starts today

| July 22, 2019
First Things First update for July 22 — Summit 2019: Regular registration starts today

Register now 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.

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First Things First — Ensuring a complete count of Arizona’s youngest children in the 2020 census

| July 15, 2019
First Things First — Ensuring a complete count of Arizona’s youngest children in the 2020 census

An estimated 5% of kids under age 5 were missed in the 2010 census. That’s about 1 million young children, the highest of any single age group. The U.S. Census is asking early childhood supporters to help close that gap in 2020.

Here are a few things you can do to help ensure more young kids are counted: Explain that filling out the census yourself only takes about 10 minutes. And emphasize that parents should include babies on census forms, even if they are still in the hospital on April 1.

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