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April 2018

Building stronger families and a stronger Arizona during National Child Abuse Prevention Month
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Efforts to strengthen families, protect children and prevent child abuse and neglect are highlighted in April across the state. One such effort comes from the Arizona Department of Child Safety in offering families a free coloring book with supportive tips. First Things First also provides free parenting resources to the public. Help build stronger families by sharing these resources with families in your community.
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Road map to educational success begins with quality early learning
The Arizona Education Progress Meter was launched by the Center for the Future of Arizona and Expect More Arizona to provide a shared source of information on where Arizona stands on key education metrics for student success, including quality early learning. See the updated meter and a video on the importance of quality early learning.
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FTF Early Childhood Summit 2018 announces keynote speakers
The FTF Early Childhood Summit 2018 announces Kathryn Hirsh-Pasek as this year’s opening keynote speaker. As a New York Times bestselling author of child development and an expert in early literacy and learning, Hirsh-Pasek is a frequent spokesperson for her field appearing in the New York Times and on National Public Radio (NPR). She will be joined by this year’s closing keynote speaker, Steve Pemberton, a recipient of the Horizon Award given by the United States Congress and the inspiration for the movie, “A Chance in the World.” Pemberton will speak on diversity and resilience while sharing his personal story of growing up in the foster care system.
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Home visitation program helps lay foundation of learning for Ahwatukee girl
As a stay-at-home mom, Marriott Hileman focused on helping her infant daughter, Sofia, grow and develop. To get extra support, Hileman signed up for the Parents as Teachers program funded by First Things First and learned how to help prepare her daughter for kindergarten. Find out what Hileman learned and how it helped her daughter succeed in elementary school.
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