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2022 Champions for Young Children Award, early childhood champions

2022 FTF Champions helping their community better understand the importance of the early years

  • AZ communities

FTF is honoring early childhood champions throughout Arizona who actively volunteer to raise awareness of the importance of early childhood.

mother holding baby with text: Call or Text 1-833-943-5746

New national maternal health hotline asking the right questions to provide support

  • mental health

Pregnant and postpartum moms and their partners can call or text 1-833-943-5746 to connect with counselors 24/7.

Welcome new regional council members

New regional council members share expertise and passion

  • AZ communities

There are 36 new regional partnership council members joining the more than 250 dedicated community members across Arizona.

Woman holding newborn baby, who has their eyes closed.

Advocates work together to provide support to expectant parents to reduce substance-exposed births

  • Pinal

The SHIFT program, which stands for Safe, Healthy Infants and Families Thrive, was started through the Pinal County Courts.

Group of early childhood teachers standing with mayor and FTF Sr. Director Ashley Pascual

Building language skills with babies and toddlers in northwest Arizona

  • language & literacy

The FTF grant allowed ECDE Associates Inc. to work with an international child language researcher to develop a language program.

Ages and Stages

Ages and Stages: Updated developmental milestones

  • child development

First Things First has revised our online Ages and Stages content for families with young children to reflect recent updates to developmental milestones from…

First Things First’s Parents Playbook breaks down the game plan for parenting

  • early care and education

These short videos take the format of a sports news television program, but the players are babies, toddlers, preschoolers and families.

child care provider holding baby

Additional help available for early learning providers to increase wages and benefits

  • Quality First

More funding is now available for Arizona child care providers to help with workforce wage increases, bonuses and other employee incentives.

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Help keep kids connected to health care

  • AZ communities

Early childhood supporters can help families not get dropped from KidsCare or AHCCCS by encouraging them to update their contact information.

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