First Things First is Arizona’s early childhood agency, committed to the healthy development and learning of young children from birth to age 5. First Things First partners with families and communities to help kids have the positive, nurturing experiences they need to arrive at school ready to succeed. They do this through quality early care and education programs, preventive health efforts, and supporting parents in their role as their child’s first teachers. The First Things First Statewide Board and Regional Partnership Councils share the responsibility of ensuring that funds are spent on strategies that will result in improved education and overall health outcomes across the state. To date there are 28 First Things First Regional Partnership Councils made up of local volunteers.
First Things First is embedding and integrating SSIC into the Arizona community to further support the well-being of young children and their families, particularly those who have had traumatic experiences such as parental addition by:
Awareness: Participating in the development of key messages for social media and marketing key awareness activities related to a virtual launch event.
Professional Development: Inviting home visitation partners to participate and learn about SSIC.
Research & Development: Participate in research to inform a best practice toolkit on integration of SSIC resources.
Programming: Introduce home visitors and the larger Arizona community to SSIC.