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First Things First — Supporting young children during uncertain times

| March 23, 2020
First Things First — Supporting young children during uncertain times

We know that young children are especially sensitive to situations causing stress in their environments and among their adult caregivers. Find helpful information and resources to help support young children emotionally as families face concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19).

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First Things First — Making everyday moments count

| March 10, 2020
First Things First — Making everyday moments count

March is National Reading Month. Read Across America encourages everyone to pick up a book and read with a child. Bonding with books helps spark your baby or toddler’s curiosity and introduces them to new words.

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First Things First — Final week to submit your summit proposal

| February 25, 2020
First Things First — Final week to submit your summit proposal

First Things First is now accepting proposals for breakout sessions to be presented at the 2020 Early Childhood Summit. This is the final week to submit your proposal.

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Making sure young children are counted in the 2020 census. See more state education news here

| February 25, 2020
Making sure young children are counted in the 2020 census. See more state education news here

An estimated 5% of children under age 5 were not counted in the 2010 U.S. Census. That’s about 1 million young children, the highest of any single age group. This time around, U.S. Census officials are asking early childhood supporters to help close the gap and help ensure all infants, toddlers and preschoolers are counted.

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First Things First — The number of Quality First centers meeting or exceeding standards continues to rise

| February 18, 2020
First Things First — The number of Quality First centers meeting or exceeding standards continues to rise

A record 76% of child care and preschool programs participating in Quality First now meet or exceed quality standards. These 3-, 4- or 5-star ranked programs are at an all-time high, and have steadily risen since 2013 throughout the state.  Quality First is Arizona’s quality improvement and rating system for early learning programs.

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First Things First — Early Childhood Summit 2020 Call for Proposals due by Feb. 28

| February 11, 2020
First Things First — Early Childhood Summit 2020 Call for Proposals due by Feb. 28

There are three weeks left to submit your proposal for the 2020 Early Childhood Summit.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: February 28, 2020

Presenting at the First Things First Early Childhood Summit is a unique opportunity to share your knowledge, experience and ideas with a large and highly-engaged audience.

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First Things First — Top plays from the parents playbook

| February 4, 2020
First Things First — Top plays from the parents playbook

The Super Bowl is over, but for families with young children, parenting season never ends. Here’s some info and resources to help you support your child’s healthy development.

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First Things First — Big news in 2020 for Arizona’s young kids

| January 21, 2020
First Things First — Big news in 2020 for Arizona’s young kids

Serve your Arizona community

Make a difference in the lives of young children by serving on a First Things First regional partnership council. You will work with community members to help identify funding priorities and strengthen the services and supports available to young children and their families.

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First Things First publishes latest Building Bright Futures report

| January 21, 2020
First Things First publishes latest Building Bright Futures report

Recently, First Things First published its latest Building Bright Futures report, a summary of the status of young children in our state. Sadly, the data in this report paint a picture for the future of Arizona that is anything but bright:

• 1 in 4 children in Arizona lives in poverty;
• Only 1 in 3 children goes to preschool; and,
• Arizona is second only to Oklahoma in the number of children exposed to adversity at a young age, including neglect, family substance abuse or violence, and homelessness.

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First Things First announces Call for Proposals for the 2020 Early Childhood Summit

| January 21, 2020
First Things First announces Call for Proposals for the 2020 Early Childhood Summit

First Things First is seeking proposals for breakout sessions to be presented at the 2020 Early Childhood Summit.

The Summit brings together early childhood professionals, stakeholders and supporters to learn, share and grow. Summit breakout sessions present best practices, innovative and evidence-based approaches and relevant research in a variety of important topic areas:

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