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 2013
  May
5/15/2013The Standard - Program supports program as their child's teacher
5/13/2013LakePowellLife.com - First Things First CEO Leaving
5/12/2013Verde Independent - Home Visiting Program grant to serve 40 Verde Valley families
5/10/2013Prescott News - A Variety of Home Visitation Programs Help Community Members
5/10/2013The White Mountain Independent's - Healthy families, healthy kids class set
5/9/2013Horizonte – Education Nation (Channel 8 - Video)
5/3/2013NBC NEWS - JOIN THE EDUCATION NATION COMMUNITY & MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD!
5/2/2013Verde Independent - First Things First Visits Bright Bears Preschool
  April
4/27/2013The Daily Courier - More than moodiness: Young children susceptible to depression, too
4/25/2013AZ Dept. of Health Services Director's Blog - Posts Tagged ‘First Things First Early Childhood Therapist Incentives Program’
4/25/2013The Daily Courier - Yavapai Child Care Coalition conference is Saturday in Chino
4/25/2013Verde Independent - Kids First at Clarkdale Concert
4/23/2013Native News Network - Navajo Parents Learn "Play" is a Child's Work
4/22/2013The Daily Courier - Youngsters get their first books at Prescott Library
4/22/2013Yuma Sun - Miss Rosa coming to Yuma
4/20/2013Yuma Sun - Tips for getting your children ready for kindergarten
4/20/2013Yuma Sun - Programs help foster love of reading in kids
4/18/2013Town of Queen Creek - April 14-20 declared Week of the Young Child in Queen Creek
4/18/2013Parker Pioneer - April 14-20 declared 'Week of the Young Child'
4/9/2013Navajo-Hopi Observer - Early Childhood Fair brings reading and fun together Saturday at Mt. Elden Middle School
4/7/2013AZInews.com - Young Child Awareness Week Brings Activities, Education
4/3/2013Shea Corridor - Understand the importance of play in young kids' learning
4/2/2013The Hopi Tutuveni - Learning Translates into Better Teaching for Childcare Provider
4/2/2013YourWestValley.com - Tax aids assistance program for grandparents
4/2/2013YourWestValley.com - Grandparents find help at Benevilla program
4/2/2013YourWestValley.com - Resource center offers new support option
4/2/2013YourWestValley.com - Bipartisan grandparent stipend bill wends way through Capitol
  March
3/30/2013YourWestValley.com - Grandparents take on new but familiar roles
3/29/2013Eastern Arizona Courier - Dental hygiene during party in the park
3/29/2013YourWestValley.com - Raising grandkids comes full circle
3/27/2013Verde Independent - Daily reading with infants, toddlers promotes school success
3/27/2013Eastern Arizona Courier - Building reading skills starts early
3/21/2013Verde Independent - $65,000 to Bright Bears Preschool Academy
3/19/2013NBCNEWS.com - Mesa district preschool program to expand next year
3/19/2013NBCNEWS.com - Preschools gain in popularity as kindergarten academics increase
3/18/2013Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits - First Things First Statewide Capacity Building Initiative
3/16/2013East Valley Tribune - Preschools gain in popularity as kindergarten academics increase
3/12/2013Mohave Valley Daily News - Topock’s preschool program draws rave reviews
3/12/2013Navajo-Hopi Observer - Reach Out and Read program on Rez encourages healthy childhood development
3/10/2013The Daily Courier - Resource Fair helps parents, kids prepare
3/6/2013Prescott Valley Tribune - Quad-city area families learn about kindergarten options at Fair
3/4/2013Ahwatukee Foothills News - Clark: Statewide public-private partnership to improve children’s literacy
3/1/2013Verde Independent - Parents as Teachers playgroup focuses on nutrition and exercise
  February
2/28/2013Yuma Sun - Program works to get families reading
2/27/2013The Daily Courier - Kindergarten transition fair is Saturday
2/27/2013The Daily Courier - Community News: Program offers parenting education
2/27/2013Chino Valley Review - Families invited to 'Kindergarten Transition'
2/23/2013The Daily Courier - OPEN WIDE: Toddlers need dental care to ensure their adult teeth grown in properly
2/22/2013East Valley Tribune - Clark: Let’s end Arizona’s literacy crisis
2/16/2013Native News Network - Happy Teeth, Happy Smiles
2/14/2013Verde Independent - Letter: Highly impressed with Cottonwood Oak Creek School District
2/13/2013Prescott Valley Tribune - Acorn Preschoolers proudly parade during School Choice Week
2/13/2013Eastern Arizona Courier - San Carlos Apache First Things First seeking council members
2/9/2013Verde Independent - Prevention and treatment of influenza
2/9/2013Verde Independent - Buena Vista, Yavapai College to host 18th Annual Education Conference
2/8/2013Nogales International - First Things First chief aims to raise awareness
2/8/2013Nogales International - Celebrate the child on Saturday
2/4/2013The Daily Courier - The Big & Little Kids Book is here!
  January
1/29/2013Eastern Arizona Courier - First Things First, churches team up for diaper drive
1/29/2013The BUGLE - Ground broken on Beaver Creek School's preschool expansion
1/29/2013Eastern Arizona Courier - First Things First, churches team up for diaper drive
1/28/2013Yuma Le Informa - Interview with Easter Seals
1/24/2013azcentral.com - Family Spot to assist SEV families with pre-school
1/23/2013LEDGER - New Queen Creek center provides for young kids’ health, education and support
1/20/2013Yuma Sun - Local program offers resources, support to teen parents
1/17/2013Channel 11 - Big Funding Check to Local Childhood Education Program
 2012
  December
12/28/2012Prescott Valley Tribune - Prescott Valley woman is recipient of T.E.A.C.H. scholarship
12/21/2012The Daily Courier - Free program teaches parenting skills, patience
12/20/2012Sierra Vista The Herald - It's a party! Children celebrate the holiday
12/20/2012Sedona Red Rock News - Program teaches preschoolers to read
12/20/2012Shea Corridor - Last Minute Shopping? Top Ten Gifts for Babies and Preschoolers
12/12/2012Sierra Vista The Herald - Arizona Town Hall celebrates 50 years of statewide forums
12/11/2012KTAR - Don't overlook educational gifts during the holidays
12/10/2012TIME Business & Money - How Nonprofits Can Use Data to Solve the World’s Problems
12/6/2012TriValleyCentral.com - Scholarships available for early childhood education degrees
12/5/2012Eastern Arizona Courier - Top 10 gifts for babies and preschoolers: Simple toys are inexpensive and promote learning
12/4/2012Arizonanewszap.com - Kindergarten scholarship grant available for 80 Chandler Families
12/2/2012San Tan Valley Today - Top Ten Gifts for Babies and Preschoolers Simple Toys are Inexpensive and Promote Learning
  November
11/28/2012Eastern Arizona Courier - Are libraries important to our children?
11/27/2012Chino Valley Enews - Top Ten Gifts for Babies and Preschoolers
11/20/2012Wrangler News - Education starts at birth, so get that young brain to work early, says experts
11/18/2012Yuma Sun - Early literacy learning starts at home
11/13/2012Yuma News Now - Somerton Family Literacy Workshops
11/8/2012Verde Independent - Parents as Teachers partners with Raising a Reader
11/6/2012Verde Independent - Cottonwood-Oak Creek 4th graders attend water festival
11/5/2012Yuma Le Informa - TV Interview with the Food Bank as a guest
  October
10/24/2012Chino Valley Review - Briefly: Conference Draws 120 Child Care Professionals to Chino Valley
10/20/2012The Daily Courier - Tobacco tax fight reveals what matters most to Arizona voters
10/20/2012Eastern Arizona Courier - Parenting tips: Combating obesity in children
10/10/2012Verde Indenpdent - First Things First seeking local council members
10/4/2012The Daily Courier - First Things First seeks applicants for council
10/3/2012Shea Corridor - Parents Learn How to Promote Healthy Brain Development in Their Child
10/3/2012Shea Corridor - At Halloween, protect kids' teeth; prevent school absences
10/3/2012KTAR - Seven tips to prepare children for school
10/2/2012Guest Column: Early childhood education is foundation for economic development
  September
9/30/2012Yuma Sun - Social agency to aid 180 more families
9/27/2012Verde Independent - Love and Logic empowers parents across Yavapai County
9/21/2012Nogales International - Great-grandma touts new Family Resource Center
9/16/2012The Daily Courier - Y preschool program prepares youngsters for kindergarten
9/16/2012In Maricopa.com - Kids Day big hit Saturday
9/16/2012The Daily Courier - Donation helps buy cribs, car seats and care for babies
9/11/2012Yuma Le Informa - First Things First and First Smile Yuma (Video)
9/10/2012Arizona Republic - How babies learn a language
9/9/2012Arizona Republic - Education reform needs to include a foundation for all
9/5/2012The Daily Courier - Family Enrichment Center celebrates fifth anniversary
9/5/2012Chino Valley Review - News Briefs: Space available in program for first-time mothers
9/5/2012Paysond Roundup - County Accepts Grant for At-Risk Children
  August
8/31/2012Verde Independent - Parents as teachers goes countywide
8/19/2012The BUGLE - The Power of Preschool
8/18/2012The Daily Courier - Nurse assistance available for low-income, first-time mothers
8/8/2012Virtual-Strategy Magazine - Rio Salado College's Early Childhood Grant Creates Educational Opportunity for Childcare Providers
8/4/2012Yuma Sun - First Things First helps get kids ready for school.
  July
7/31/2012Shea Corridor - Tips for Parent of Kindergartners
7/31/2012Shea Corridor - Tips for Parents of Kindergartners
7/25/2012Your Valley West News - First Things First grant bolsters Benevilla programs
7/24/2012Williams News - First Things First assures all children younger than five succeed
7/24/2012Nogales International - Parents and kids get a ‘Jump Start’ on new school year
7/6/2012Verde Independent - Senior Corps offers volunteer training
7/5/2012Arizona Republic - Paradise Valley schools center offers resources to moms
  June
6/30/2012Verde Independent - TOPS reaching out to pregnant teens in AZ
6/29/2012Nogales International - Samuel moving up rungs at First Things First
6/26/2012Navajo-Hopi Observer - Winslow children benefit from Kinder Kamp
6/26/2012The Foothills Focus - Deer Valley Family Resource Center hosts wellness fair
6/23/2012Verde Independent - Community collects 60,000 diapers for babies
6/18/2012Arizona Foothills - Events: Arizona - Phoenix - Scottsdale
6/18/2012Yuma News Now - First Things First - Early Literacy
6/18/2012Digital Journal - Arizona Statewide Initiative to Improve Third Grade Reading Among Finalist for National Award
6/15/2012flickr.com - First Things First billboard - Santan Freeway Loop 202
6/8/2012Yuma Sun - New oral health program targets young children
6/7/2012Arizona Republic - PBS Literacy Fair aims to keep children reading
6/7/2012Arizona Public Media - Teachers' Voices with Eleanor Droegemeier and Mary Jan Bancroft
6/4/2012Verde Independent - Early literacy goal of First Things First (with video)
  May
5/31/2012The Glendale Star - Tots Unlimited offers extended hours
5/30/2012Prescott Valley Tribune - Prescott Valley woman, 60, completes education certificate with 4.0 grade point average
5/15/2012Payson Roundup - Clubs and Organizations
5/14/2012Daily Miner - Kingman Letters: Thank you to the Honorable Richard Weiss
5/12/2012The BUGLE - Pre-school gets Beaver Creek kids ready to read
5/5/2012The Daily Courier - What every new parent needs
5/2/2012The Arizona Republic - First Things First helps Buckeye families
  April
4/30/2012Daily Miner - Kingman Photos: Champion for Young Children
4/27/2012Nogales International - FTF joins its ‘partners’ to celebrate the young child
4/25/2012Arizona Silver Belt - Mayor delivers 4 proclamations
4/25/2012Parker Pioneer - Week of the Young Child, April 22-28
4/25/2012The Arizona Republic - Tolleson events connect kids and reading
4/22/2012Eastern Arizona Courier - Early years are learning years: Graham, Greenlee celebrate National Week of the Child
4/17/2012Verde Independent - Third annual Yavapai Diaper Drive under way
4/17/2012Verde Independent - Editorial: Preschool program wisest choice for ongoing problem
4/17/2012Verde Independent - Cottonwood-Oak Creek to add preschool at DDB
4/14/2012Yuma Sun - Day of the Child celebrated Saturday
4/13/2012The Daily Courier - Yavapai Diaper Drive seeks donations for local babies, toddlers in need
4/12/2012Arizona Daily Sun - "Tonight's Take Back the Night" marches meet at Heritage Squre
4/11/2012Tucson Sentinel - Report: Az failing to support preschool education
4/11/2012Chino Valley Review - News Briefs: Diaper Drive to help young families
4/10/2012Payson Roundup - Children's services suffer deep cutbacks
4/10/2012Payson Roundup - Arizona tosses its children overboard
4/4/2012Arizona Range News - Worlds connect @ your library Week
  March
3/21/2012The Daily Courier - Give your kids the tools they need to fight dangerous diseases
3/14/2012Arizona Daily Sun - Around the Town: Hastings hosts book signing for local author
3/7/2012Eastern Arizona Courier - Raising reading test scores starts where language begins: in the crib
3/6/2012William News - First Things First seeks applicants ready to impact lives of young kids
  February
2/27/2012The Daily Courier - Kindergarten Fair helps parents tell if their child is ready
2/27/2012USA Today - Giving new mothers a helping hand
2/27/2012Public News Services - More Arizona Kids Growing up in Poor Neighborhoods
2/26/2012The Arizona Republic - Giving new mothers a helping hand
2/22/2012Arizona Silver Belt - Local kids get $538,369 boost to help prepare for school
2/22/2012Navajo-Hopy Observer - 17 Navajo Nation early educators receive CDA credential
2/22/2012Phoenix Business Journal - Piper Charitable Trust creating Arizona literacy director
2/22/2012AZ Dept. of Health Services Director's Blog - rizona’s EMPOWER Program Gets Even More National Recognition
2/20/2012Yuma Sun - Library offers literacy workshops
2/18/2012San Tan Valley - First annual Pinal Diaper Drive
2/14/2012The Daily Courier - Children's resource guide available throughout Prescott area locations
2/5/2012Yuma Sun - Doctors, nurses join Reach Out and Read program
2/1/2012Daily News-Sun - Benevilla hosts free child health screenings Saturday
  January
1/30/2012Verde Independent - Verde Valley Parenting Partnership supports new Verde Valley parents
1/29/2012The Daily Courier - Preschoolers earn library cards, books through reading program
1/28/2012South Mountain Villager - First Things First
1/25/2012Az Jounal - Jefferson School Programs Outlined For School Board
1/25/2012Arizona Public Media - In Sunnyside, Parents Are Also Teachers
1/23/2012PR Web - Center for Autism and Related Disorders Offers Free Challenging Behavior Care to Children in Phoenix and Surrounding Areas
1/22/2012The White Mountain Independent - Four Sequoia Village teachers recipients of NPC scholarships
1/21/2012In Maricopa.com - Teddy Bear Picnic planned at Pacana Park
1/20/2012Arizona Range News - Smallest Arizonans Face Big Challenges in Education, Health
1/17/2012Arizona Republic - Crisis intervention for kids to be free
1/13/2012Nogales International - Event to make children’s learning a family affair
1/4/2012Sonoran News - Parents, grandparents and early childhood educators of infants through 5-year-olds get insights and activities to develop youngsters’ reading skills
 2011
  December
12/19/2011The Daily Courier - Reading program lends new books to preschool children
12/13/2011The Daily Courier - Column: Fight against hunger an ongoing one
12/7/2011Prescott Valley Tribune - Youth Chamber develops program about teen parenting
  November
11/29/2011ASU News - Eight, Arizona PBS picked to help youngsters with math, literacy skills
11/28/2011Sonoran Living - abc 15.com - Turn everyday moments into learning moments
11/28/2011ASU Pressroom - EIGHT, ARIZONA PBS EXPANDS FREE, EARLY LITERACY WORKSHOPS
11/28/2011Verde Independent - Teen Pregnancy: Pregnant and parenting teens have support, mentoring in Verde Valley high schools
11/17/2011Navajo - Hopi Observer - Local kids get $4.2 million boost to help prepare for school
  October
10/27/2011AZI news.com - Young Learners Get $3.9 Million Through State Program
10/25/2011West Valley View - First things first
10/25/2011Yuma Sun - First Things First donates $5.2 million for Yuma's young children
10/21/2011Verde Independent - Tobacco tax brings in $3.9 million for local kids
10/19/2011The White Mountain Independent - First Things First gives counties $1.2 million check
10/12/2011Arizona Daily Sun - Flag one of the best cities for young people
10/7/2011Verde Independent - Parenting organizations hold monthly Playgroup
10/6/2011Arizona Republic - East Valley gets funding from First Things First
10/5/2011Arizona Republic - First Things First gives $9.3 mil
10/5/2011Arizona Republic - Gila Bend center to provide resources for families
10/4/2011City of Avondale - Avondale Offers Workshop on Child Brain Development, Oct 14
  September
9/28/2011The Daily Courier - Conference helps childcare providers, families
9/28/2011Douglas Dispatch - Bi-National Health and Care Fair this Saturday
9/27/2011White Mountain Independent - First Things First presentation Oct. 4
9/25/2011The Daily Courier - Literacy program available to childcare centers in Yavapai County
9/22/2011Camp Verde The Bugle - Are you reading enough to your child?
9/20/2011The ASHA Leader - Arizona Saves early Intervention Program
9/9/2011White Mountain Independent - Early childhood fair set for Sept. 24
  August
8/23/2011Delta Practice Management - $600K grant will fund Ariz. mobile dental program
8/22/2011Arizona Republic - Fluoride varnish reduces tooth decay
8/17/2011Chino Valley Review - Anti-bullying workshop to provide guidance
8/7/2011Sedona Times - The big & little Kids’ Book Invites Submissions
8/3/2011East Valley Tribune - Letters: Program helps prepare kids
  July
7/28/2011Raising Arizona Kids - High stakes for kindergarteners, crucial info for parents
7/28/2011Arizona Republic - Kindergarteners face ultimatum to learn how to read
7/26/2011The Arizona Republic - Scottsdale pre-kindergarten program to benefit from grant
7/23/2011The Daily Courier - Group a resource for childcare health and safety standards
7/20/2011The Glendale Star - School work does not slow down during summer
7/20/2011KVOA - Programs can help pay for pre-school
7/15/2011Yuma Sun - Harvest Preparatory experiencing ‘exponential' growth
7/8/2011Arizona Daily Sun - KinderCamp set to go countywide
7/6/2011Navajo Hopi Observer - Kids learn through play at First Things First Family Fun Day
7/5/2011Flagstaff Business News - Education Grant Awarded for Kindercamp Program
  June
6/19/2011The Daily Courier - First Things First program seeks to educate kids at early ages
6/9/2011Yuma Sun - Easter Seals foundation opens first Yuma office
6/2/2011The Daily Courier - Heights Church needs diaper, wipe donations
  January
1/15/2011East Valley Tribune - Incentives offered for childhood therapists
1/5/2011EVLiving.com - Thrive to Five: A New Initiative to Help Children Succeed in School
 2010
  December
12/13/2010Yuma Sun - First Things First commits $245,000 to Cocopah region
12/10/2010Arizona Daily Star - Buddy's Bazaar
12/9/2010The Prescott Daily Courier - Coalition for Compassion and Justice collects healthy food for needy
  November
11/24/2010Gila River Indian Community Newsletter - First Things First presents $961,800 check to GRIC to further early education
11/17/2010Navajo Hopi Observer - First Things First program gets Native infants off to developmental head start
11/10/2010Explorer - Voters reject end to First Things First
11/8/2010Republic - Buckeye receives more than $100,000 from First Things First
11/6/2010Verde Independence - Letter: Thank you for your confidence in First Things First
11/5/2010Nogales International - Voters save First Things First
  October
10/20/2010Parker Live - FTF funds presented to La Paz and Mohave
10/15/2010Nogales International - First Things First announces $1.3M investment in local area
10/14/2010Education Week - Early Grades Become the New Front in Absenteeism Wars
10/8/2010Yuma Sun - Yuma area gets more than $5 million from First Things First
10/1/2010Arizona Daily Star - Prop. 302 shifts funds from kids to cut deficit
  September
9/8/2010Republic - Arizona voters will decide fate of First Things First program
9/4/2010Republic - Arizona's sales-tax boost falls short in first month
9/2/2010Arizona State University - Arizona’s 10 ballot propositions examined and explained
9/2/2010Verde Independent - The Little Kids book is free
  August
8/31/2010Arizona Daily Sun - All must rally behind early childhood fund
8/28/2010ABC15.com - Hear Me Out: Is Proposition 302 good or bad for Arizona?
8/26/2010Arizona Daily Star - 'Amazing' early learning center opens in Flowing Wells district
8/22/2010Yuma Sun - First Things First to air TV commercial
8/20/2010Arizona Daily Sun - Inspired choices set right tone for start of school year
8/19/2010Arizona Daily Sun - Coconino Voices: Hold candidates accountable to education agenda
8/18/2010Douglas Dispatch - First Things First prepares children for school, helps parents
8/17/2010Nogales International - Endangered program opens family centers
8/15/2010East Valley Tribune - Updated: Preschool scholarship opportunities available
8/10/2010Public News Services - County Chief: AZ Public Health Threatened by Ballot Measure
8/9/2010KVOA.com - State funds education for childcare providers at PCC
8/3/2010Payson Roundup - First Things First group makes future plans
8/3/2010East Valley Tribune - Chandler district receives $320,000 for preschool scholarships
8/3/2010Payson Roundup Editorial - Ag building a victory for all
  July
7/30/2010Yuma Sun - First Things First welcomes two new advocates
7/29/2010Arizona Progress - AZ School Boards Chief: Drop-out Gains Threatened by Budget Cuts
7/27/2010The Arizona Republic - Court OKs description of proposition
7/26/2010East Valley Tribune - Judge: No rewording of measure needed to sweep funds from First Things First
7/23/2010ASU News - Educational Outreach unit awarded grant for literacy workshops
7/22/2010Desert Messenger - Little Scholars' Preschool receives grant to expand
7/20/2010Public News Services - Arizona Babies Now Come With Instructions
7/19/2010East Valley Tribune - Kids program awards grants despite uncertainty
7/19/2010Yuma Sun - Judgment about ballot measure not an easy call
7/16/2010Horizon - "Prop 302 – First Things First
7/16/2010Phoenix Business Journal - First Things First OKs more than $100M for Arizona students
7/14/2010Douglas Dispatch - Why a county agency has a surplus budget
7/14/2010Arizona Daily Star - Judge to rule if GOP ensured ballot item misleads
7/13/2010Arizona Daily Sun - Hearing set on suit over Arizona referendum analysis
7/12/2010KVOA.com - Hearing today about November ballot proposition
7/8/2010Tucson Weekly - Farley Report: "Mr. Farley, It's Because You Don't Have the Votes"
  June
6/26/2010The Arizona Republic - Grant open Centers' doors to assist school kids, parents
6/25/2010Sierra Vista Herald - Early childhood program prepares to fight for existence
6/24/2010The Arizona Republic - Tobacco tax supports early-childhood programs
6/23/2010Yuma Sun - Kids services get $2 million
6/22/2010Nogales International - Local council opposes plan to take funds from First Things First
6/21/2010Tucson Weekly - More State Budget Trouble
6/16/2010East Valley Tribune - Kits provide 'instruction manual' to parents of newborns
6/2/2010KVOA.com - Nurses help keep child care centers healthy
  May
5/25/2010Nogales International - FTF to open new family centers
5/5/2010Channel 97, Sierra Vista - Cochise Regional Partnership Council, Chair Jane Strain and Vice Chair David Howe - Close up First Things First
  April
4/23/2010The Arizona Republic - State should take up loan offer
4/9/2010Open Letter To The Community
4/7/2010PBS Eight - FTF Executive Director Rhian Evans Allvin appears on Horizon
  March
3/26/2010KOLD News13 - Lawmakers target successful Tucson children's program
3/25/2010ASU Statepress.com - Lawmakers ask voters to end children’s program
3/21/2010Republic - Child agency defends how money spent
3/19/2010Nogales International - Legislature to ask voters to cut off First Things First
3/18/2010Arizona Daily Sun - Budget base shaky
3/17/2010Yuma Sun - Governor OKs budget bills
3/16/2010Business Week - Arizona budget-balancing bills on Brewer's desk
3/16/2010The Arizona Republic - Arizona lawmakers aim to wrap up session today
3/16/2010Arizona Daily Star - State senators scramble to find votes to pass spending plan
3/16/2010Arizona Daily Star - AZ voters to decide if state can redirect money for kids program
3/16/2010KTAR:The Associated Press - Senate OKs ballot measure on kids program
3/10/2010Arizona Daily Star - Lawmakers want to dip into tobacco-tax stream
3/3/2010Republic - Draft budget plan calls for less debt, more cuts than Brewer
3/3/2010Tucson Weekly - Farley Report on State Budget: "Here Is a Review of Who's Going to Get Hurt"
  February
2/23/2010Arizona Daily Sun - Childhood funds safe from lawmakers -- for now
2/23/2010Nogales International - A family resource center is in the works
2/2/2010Arizona Daily Star - Reading is built on rich language exposure throughout preschool years
  January
1/29/2010Nogales International - MCHC has free dental program for youngsters in SCC
1/25/2010 Republic - Don't jeopardize kids' futures
1/24/2010 Republic - Program encourages adults to engage children in reading
1/14/2010 The Arizona Republic - Tolleson to expand preschool program
1/10/2010 The Arizona Republic - Redirecting tobacco-tax dollars would aid budget
1/5/2010Yuma Sun - Child development class under way at Yuma library
 2009
  December
12/25/2009Yuma Sun - Area pre-schoolers get a boost
12/22/2009The Arizona Republic - Program offers help in getting young children ready for school
12/3/2009The Arizona Republic - Waiting list for state child care swells to 10,000
  November
11/17/2009Nogales International Day care centers face license fee hike
11/12/2009The Arizona Republic - First things first, think of the kids (Commentary)
  September
9/30/2009Arizona Rural Headlines Examiner - Mohave County court partnering to benefit infants
9/23/2009The Kingman Daily Miner - Program aims to enhance early education
9/12/2009The Daily Courier - Group aims to meet kids' early developmental needs
  July
7/28/2009Yuma Sun - Yuma County ranks low in youth issues
7/24/2009KTAR.com - Ariz. court rules against using program's interest
7/24/2009Azcentral.com - Arizona court rules against using kids program funds
7/24/2009Arizona Education Network - First Things First: Court Favors Constitution & Voters Over Legislature’s “Fund Sweeps”
7/24/2009Yuma Sun - Government acted illegally in taking tobacco tax money
7/24/2009Camp Verde - Supreme Court says state broke law
7/24/2009The Arizona Republic - State's raiding of fund for budget illegal, court rules
7/20/2009Northland Pioneer College - NPC Board extends contracts with Apache County, NAVIT
  May
5/19/2009The Hualapai Daily Miner - Tribe to receive $32K from smokers
5/12/2009Arizona Republic - Education Group Honors State
  April
4/29/2009First Things First - Information on Swine Flu
4/29/2009UA News - Nadine Mathis Basha & Steven W. Lynn Will Be Honored
4/12/2009Arizona Republic - Voters OK'd First Things First Tax
4/10/2009Gila River Indian News -GRIC FTF is Awarded $510,408 Through Regional Partnership
  March
3/31/2009AZ Central - Another Lawsuit Filed Over State Budget Plan
3/31/2009Tucson Citizen - Our Opinion: State Pulling a $7M Shell Game
3/29/2009The Arizona Republic - Should the legislature be allowed to reduce voter-protected spending in a budget crisis?
3/18/2009Parker Pioneer- Funds Awarded for Early Childhood Programs
3/17/2009Nogales International - A Sincere Thanks to All
3/16/2009AZ Central - Report says Arizona's child care needs work
3/16/2009Payson Roundup - Dental Care for Children, Pregnant Women Available
3/10/2009Nogales International - SCC Kids Receive Symbolic Check
3/5/2009AZ Central - Funds from Tobacco Tax Start Flowing to Help Kids
3/5/2009UA News - New McClelland Institute to Honor Arizona Child Advocate
3/5/2009AZ Central - First Things First Money to Begin Flowing to Agencies
3/4/2009Maricopa360 - More than $5 Million to Aid Pinal Region’s Youngest Residents
3/1/2009Public Comments Requested: Tribal Consultation Policy
  February
2/26/2009AZ Central - First Things First to Use $48 Mil to Help Families
2/26/2009KTAR - Parents to Protest Cuts in Child Disability Programs
2/24/2009Kingman Daily Miner - Smokers Cough Up Millions for Program
2/21/2009Yuma Sun - Pork Not Necessarily Something That's Bad - Most Arizona Legislative Bills are Sponsored by Legislators from Either the Valley
2/20/2009Yuma Sun - $3.6M Awarded to Yuma County to Help Children - Local Lawmakers Discuss Fiscal Shortfall
2/20/2009News Channel 11 - Children Come First in Yuma County
2/18/2009AZ Central - Strategy Unveiled on How Tobacco Tax Will Help Kids
2/18/2009AZ Central - Regional Council Plans More Health Care for Chandler Kids
2/17/2009Tucson Citizen - Hands off our initiative process - Desperate legislators try to overturn voters' wishes
2/16/2009Tucson Citizen - Our Opinion: Higher Taxes? Maybe so. Ignore Voters? Absolutely not!
2/14/2009AZ Central - Governor May Put a Tax Hike to Ariz. Voters in Special Election
2/10/2009Tucson Citizen - State Nabs Tobacco Tax Funds Destined for Early Education
2/9/2009Tucson Citizen - Arizona Child Care Subsidy Cuts to Aid Budget Will Hurt Kids
  January
1/6/2009Payson Roundup - Childhood Development Topic
1/5/2009AZ Central - How to Help Kids Succeed
1/2/2009Tucson Citizen - United Way Gets State Childcare Grant
 2008
  December
12/30/2008CVR News - Program for Children, Families will Focus on Prevention
12/30/2008Nogales International - To Invest in Educating and Shaping lives of Youth
12/26/2008Payson Roundup - Early Childhood Education is Important
12/17/2008The New York Times - In Early Education, Obama Stirs Great Hope
12/16/2008Yuma Sun - Cocopah Tribe Receives State Money For Early Childhood Development
  September
9/2/2008Yuma Sun - Yuma Banch of First Things First Receives $3.6 Million for Local Programs
  August
8/1/2008Raising Arizona Kids - A conversation with....Nadine Mathis Basha
  July
7/29/2008The New York Times - The Biggest Issue by David Brooks
  June
6/29/2008The Daily Courier - Local control key to First Things First success
  January
1/13/2008Daily Press - In the News, A Basic Preschool Primer