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Program Updates

News for Quality First participants.

Our approach to achieving quality is constantly evolving. This means we occasionally make updates to Quality First along the way. As a current participant, you can keep up with program-wide updates, explore helpful tools, or even rewatch meetings you may have missed—it’s all here to help our participants succeed.

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All-New Marketing Toolkit

First Things First created this toolkit to support you in informing your families and community about your exceptional work. You’ll discover helpful tips, like how to talk about your participation in Quality First, tools to help families identify quality care, and shareable resources, templates and social media posts to enhance your communication efforts. Learn more

Participant Forms

Looking for a form? Find commonly used Quality First forms in one place. Instructions for submittal are included at the top of the forms or in the Participant Guide. If you’re not sure where to submit a form, ask your coordinator or email the Quality First Team at QualityFirst@FirstThingsFirst.org. English forms Spanish forms

Quality First Scholarships for 2025

Here are a few reminders for participant programs allocated Quality First scholarships for State Fiscal Year 2025 (July 1, 2024- June 30, 2025): Things First’s (FTF) state Board voted to raise the reimbursement rates for Quality First Scholarships to align with the 2021 cost of quality study beginning on July 1, 2024. This will help

Quality First Forum Recording

Did you miss the 2024 Quality First Forums? Click here to view the recording and learn about program funding and participation updates as we head into a new fiscal year. This recording covers how federal COVID-19 relief funding allowed Arizona to further invest in child care by temporarily expanding FTF strategies such as QF participation,

Quality First Expansion-funded programs

Beginning on July 1, 2024, programs that joined Quality First through temporary federal pandemic relief funding, known as expansion-funded programs, will transition to one of three statuses. All expansion-funded programs will be notified about their transition by the end of May. You can find your funding source on the extranet profile summary. Your QF coordinator, coach and

Early Childhood Resource Guide

Free resources and tools are available to Arizona’s early childhood education providers. Providers are encouraged to use these resources to support their efforts to provide quality care for children and families. This digital guide includes resources for: Guía de Recursos para la Primera Infancia Se presentan herramientas y recursos gratuitos disponibles para los proveedores de

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