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First Things First is Arizona’s early childhood agency, committed to the healthy development and learning of young children from birth to age 5.


Funded by First Things First, the Quality First program helps improve the quality of child care and preschool for children and families in Arizona. More than 1,300 programs participate in Quality First.

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Why Early Childhood Matters

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.

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