Tag: first things first

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

| July 15, 2019
Connections Spotlight: 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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First Things First update for July 15 — Summit 2019: Early registration ends July 21

| July 15, 2019
First Things First update for July 15 — Summit 2019: Early registration ends July 21

Early registration for the Summit closes Sunday, July 21.

Register now at a reduced rate 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 — Tips for reading with your toddler, water safety and learning through outdoor play

| July 1, 2019
First Things First — Tips for reading with your toddler, water safety and learning through outdoor play

Click here for the entire e-newsletter   July 2019   Video: Top 5 tips for reading with your toddler This episode of FTF’s Parents Playbook breaks down the top tips for sharing books with your toddler. Reading together now will help them be a good reader later on. And it’s fun. Watch   Preventing toddler […]

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First Things First — You still have time to support Early Childhood Summit 2019

| July 1, 2019
First Things First — You still have time to support Early Childhood Summit 2019

You still have time to join more than 1,400 early childhood supporters at the Phoenix Convention Center for the First Things First Early Childhood Summit 2019.

We have a few spots left for sponsor and exhibitor/advertiser opportunities for this very special event. These places will be filled in the next two weeks, so please put in your application today!

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First Things First update for June 24 — Extension for Eddie Basha Award for Service and Leadership Nominations

| June 24, 2019
First Things First update for June 24 — Extension for Eddie Basha Award for Service and Leadership Nominations

You still have time to submit a nomination for the Eddie Basha Regional Partnership Council Excellence Award as the deadline has been extended until Sunday, June 30, 2019.

The award recognizes a First Things First regional partnership council for inspiring its local community to come together and promote positive and lasting change in support of young children.

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First Things First update for June 17 — Newly elected FTF Board Chair plans to engage Arizona’s leaders on behalf of young kids

| June 17, 2019
First Things First update for June 17 — Newly elected FTF Board Chair plans to engage Arizona’s leaders on behalf of young kids

The First Things First state Board recently elected Gerald Szostak as its Chair through June 2021. Szostak has extensive experience in planning and implementing youth programs and creating and sustaining community partnerships. As Chair, he said his focus “will be to engage our state’s leaders – in government, in business, in faith and in philanthropy – to learning more about the needs of young children and to work together to build a state system that we can truly say supports a world-class education for Arizona’s children from cradle to career.”

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First Things First honors Flagstaff Champion for Young Children Kathy Farretta

| June 17, 2019
First Things First honors Flagstaff Champion for Young Children Kathy Farretta

First Things First recognizes Kathy Farretta as a 2019 First Things First Champion for Young Children.

The award is given to local champions who actively volunteer their time to raise public awareness of the importance of early childhood development and health. Champions spend a significant amount of time volunteering with FTF and building public awareness about the importance of early childhood issues.

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First Things First update for June 3 — Kindergarten readiness tips, surviving separation anxiety and more in this month’s newsletter

| June 3, 2019
First Things First update for June 3 — Kindergarten readiness tips, surviving separation anxiety and more in this month’s newsletter

Kindergarten readiness tips: Developing independence

Arizona kindergarten teachers share tips for parents to nurture independence and self-confidence in your young child and help them be prepared for success in school. 

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First Things First update for May 20 — New members bring varied perspectives to FTF Board

| May 20, 2019
First Things First update for May 20 — New members bring varied perspectives to FTF Board

The First Things First Board proudly welcomed three new members in recent weeks. Judge Richard Weiss of Kingman, Vince Yanez of Mesa and Marcia Klipsch of Tucson have diverse experiences and perspectives that drove them to apply for Board service. The three new members succeed Nadine Mathis Basha, Gayle Burns and Ruth Solomon, whose terms on the Board expired in January. They join an already diverse group that is charged with stewarding Arizona’s early childhood investment and ensuring that FTF programs improve outcomes for children statewide. All three new members were appointed by Governor Doug Ducey and confirmed unanimously by the state Senate.

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First Things First update for May 16 — Nominations Open for Eddie Basha Award for Service and Leadership

| May 20, 2019
First Things First update for May 16 — Nominations Open for Eddie Basha Award for Service and Leadership

Because you are a passionate supporter of early childhood, I’d like to invite you to recognize the extraordinary work being done on behalf of young children and families in Arizona communities by submitting a nomination for the Eddie Basha Regional Partnership Council Excellence Award.

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