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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.

Why Early Childhood Matters

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.

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Mom and dad on the floor with baby daughter, 10 minutes with your child

10 Things To Do With 10 Minutes With Your Child

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You can find moments throughout the day to connect with your little one in ways that give them the love, care and attention they need.

Grandparents of young children

5 things grandparents do for young children

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Grandparents can play many important roles in the healthy development of their grandchildren.

Co-parenting young children

Keys to co-parenting young children

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Co-parenting is a unique journey for every family. But, parents can support their little one’s healthy development.

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Helping young children find nature outside the front door

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For families who want to introduce their babies, toddlers and preschoolers to outdoor play, there’s one thing to know: nature is everywhere.

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Counting kicks is a simple way to monitor baby’s well-being

    Expectant parents in their third trimester are being encouraged to count their baby’s kicks. It could help save their baby’s life.

    Babies' cues

    Positive Parenting: What is baby saying?

    • infants

    Noticing and responding to your baby’s cues is what great parenting is all about.

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