THE BEST GIFTS FOR YOUNG CHILDREN
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First Things First supports programs across Arizona through grants to community organizations that provide services—at no cost—for young children from birth to age 5 (before kindergarten) and their families.
90% of a child’s brain growth happens before they start kindergarten. And research shows that the quality of a child’s experiences in their first five years helps shape how their brain develops.
Kids with positive, stable relationships with parents and caregivers, as well as quality child care and preschool experiences, go on to do better in school and in life. They’re more likely to read at grade level and graduate from high school. They are more prepared for college and career. They also tend to be healthier and demand less from the public welfare system. These are better outcomes for kids that also save taxpayers money.
Young kids learn through their senses, and any problems with your child’s vision health are easier to correct with early treatment.
Dealing with your child’s behaviors can be frustrating. Understanding the big emotions behind them can help.
The FTF Northwest Maricopa Regional Partnership Council funds Quality First so families can send their children to quality child care programs
The FTF White Mountain Apache Trine Regional Council funds the Kith and Kim program for family, friends and neighbors who provide home-based child care.
The FTF Cochise Regional Council funds the Arizona’s Children Association Education Program which helps parents learn about early childhood brain…
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