Babies, toddlers and preschoolers learn and grow through their relationships with the caring adults in their lives. That’s you — parents, of course, and also grandparents, friends and family. Early learning professionals, too.
Caregivers like you give young children more than just care. You give the gifts of early learning, like language and early literacy skills; curiosity and creativity; persistence and problem-solving; social skills, like getting along with others, and many more. Your child’s early years are the best time to nurture their healthy development and learning to start them on the path to a bright future.
Quality Matters in Child Care and Preschool
Research shows that quality child care and preschool programs help young children learn, grow and thrive.
More than 1,000 child care centers, homes and preschool programs across Arizona participate in Quality First, a program of First Things First that improves the quality of early learning in our state. Visit the Quality First website to learn more about quality early education and what to look for in child care and preschool settings that promote learning.
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6 Things to Look For in Quality Child Care
Choosing child care for your infant, toddler or preschooler is a big decision, and quality matters. There are many factors to consider, but the interactions between teachers and children should be at the top of your list of things to look for.
Quality child care and preschool programs have teachers who know how to provide nurturing, stimulating interactions and build positive relationships with young children.
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First Things First supports the health, development and early learning of Arizona’s young children from birth to age 5. We partner with families and communities to help kids have the positive, nurturing experiences they need to arrive at kindergarten ready to succeed. We do this through quality early care and education programs, preventive health efforts, and supporting parents in their role as their child’s first teachers. We invite you to follow along, stay up to date, and help us spread the word about the importance of early childhood.