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These stories illustrate how early childhood programs and services funded by First Things First make a difference for young children and families in communities across Arizona.

Scholarship program keep kids learning, parents working

​​​​​​​As a single mom of three boys, Angie struggled to afford child care while still keeping food on the table. She has let the lights go out and stretched a half-gallon of milk and a loaf of bread just to make it through the month knowing that she had to pay the child care bill in order to keep working. So it was a welcome relief when Angie first enrolled her middle son, Jordan, in the Quality First scholarship program through Phoenix Christian Daycare.

Jordan is now 8, loves to read and is thriving in second grade. His 2-year-old brother, D’Angelo, has also been able to attend Phoenix Christian with a scholarship. Angie credits the Quality First scholarship program for allowing her sons to attend such a high-quality early learning program.

“The Quality First program at Phoenix Christian Daycare in Phoenix has contributed to a better future for my children,”she said. “Because of the Quality First program, I feel confident that my boys are getting the best education to be ready for school. Now I have obtained my GED, I’ve moved into a better position at work and started college. My big goal is to transfer to ASU and complete my bachelor’s degree.”

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