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First Things First Named Semifinalist in Harvard’s 2017 Innovations in American Government Awards Competition

| January 23, 2017
First Things First Named Semifinalist in Harvard’s 2017 Innovations in American Government Awards Competition

Today, Harvard University recognized First Things First’s (FTF) tiered governance structure as an innovation in government that has significant impact on improving outcomes for young children.

FTF was named as a Semifinalist in this year’s Innovations in American Government Awards competition. FTF has a chance to become a finalist and compete for a $100,000 grand prize in Cambridge this spring.

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6 ways to help your child be ready for kindergarten

| January 18, 2017
6 ways to help your child be ready for kindergarten

The new year has just begun, but parents of preschoolers might already be getting notices from their local schools about kindergarten registration. While the big day may still be months away, it’s not too early to start preparing for that first day of kindergarten.

Today’s schools expect 5 year olds to arrive with basic academic and social skills so they are ready on day one to start learning to read, write and do basic math. You can help your child develop the skills they’ll need with some fun, easy, everyday activities:

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Reservations accepted for Spring 2017 Growing Up Great class series at Page Library

| January 16, 2017
Reservations accepted for Spring 2017 Growing Up Great class series at Page Library

Reservations accepted for Spring 2017 Growing Up Great class series at Page Library.

Topics include:

Developing a loving relationship
Communicating and positive discipline
Ages and stages
Language and reading skills
Caregiver resources

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2017 Early Child Legislative Day at the State Capitol to be held Feb. 13

| January 9, 2017
2017 Early Child Legislative Day at the State Capitol to be held Feb. 13

Please mark your calendars for Early Childhood Legislative Day which has been scheduled for February 13, 2017. This voluntary event will be an opportunity for members of the early childhood community and those who believe in the importance of supporting families with young children, to engage with state policymakers on why early childhood matters.

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First Things First College Scholarship for Early Childhood Professionals

| December 28, 2016
First Things First College Scholarship for Early Childhood Professionals

The FTF College Scholarship provides the early childhood workforce working directly with or on behalf of young children birth through age five access to education and training to achieve degrees, credentials and specialized skills to promote children’s development. The FTF College Scholarship may only be accessed by members of the Arizona Early Childhood Workforce Registry.

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FTF: Pediatricians’ New Recommendations for Children’s Media Use

| December 18, 2016
FTF: Pediatricians’ New Recommendations for Children’s Media Use

FTF: With digital media an ever-increasing part of daily life, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently announced new recommendations and resources to help families make informed decisions about screen time for their young children.

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Parent Awareness and Community Outreach Coordinator

| December 12, 2016
Parent Awareness and Community Outreach Coordinator

First Things First (Arizona Early Childhood Development and Health Board) is one of the critical state partners in creating a child and family‐centered, comprehensive, collaborative and high‐quality early childhood system that supports the development, health and early education of all Arizona’s children.

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Teaching young kids gratitude extends beyond the holiday season

| November 23, 2016
Teaching young kids gratitude extends beyond the holiday season

As the holiday season approaches, it is the perfect time to teach young children a very important life lesson about gratitude that will extend beyond the season.

Gratitude is a higher level concept that can be tricky for toddlers and preschoolers, who by their nature, tend to be self-focused. Talking with young children about being thankful for not only material things, but for acts of kindness from others, is one way.

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Encouraging pretend play in Flagstaff’s young children builds their brains

| October 24, 2016
Encouraging pretend play in Flagstaff’s young children builds their brains

This time of year, stores are filled with seasonal costumes and children excitedly transforming into their favorite superhero or cartoon character.

For young children, the type of play associated with dressing up and pretending to be someone else is an integral part of learning.

“Did you ever stop to watch toddlers or preschoolers imagining themselves as princesses and pirates?” said Ginger Sandweg, First Things First Senior Director for Early Learning. “When children play, they draw on all their past experiences – things they have done, seen others do, or heard stories about – and use those to develop their own situations, stories and scenarios. And they are learning in the process.”

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(First Things First) Annual Report Details Return on AZ’s Early Childhood Investment. See related story here

| September 28, 2016
(First Things First) Annual Report Details Return on AZ’s Early Childhood Investment. See related story here

Since the inception of First Things First, the percentage of kindergartens with untreated tooth decay has decreased by 8%. This and other notable accomplishments are included in the early childhood organization’s recently published 2016 Annual Report.

“It is very rewarding to be able to detail the measurable improvements in children’s education and health that have resulted from Arizona’s investment in early childhood,” FTF Chief Program Officer Michelle Katona said. “These are the improvements that research shows can occur through evidence-based early childhood programs, and are what voters expected when they created First Things First.”

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