Originally Published: October 17, 2010 10 p.m.
Kids 5 years old and younger will have better access to the early education and health services that prepare them to succeed in school, thanks to a $3,977,042 check presented by First Things First (FTF) to community leaders today.
FTF funds come from an 80-cent increase on tobacco products approved by voters in 2006 for the express purpose of expanding or enhancing education and health services for kids 5 and younger. Decisions about which services to fund are made by local volunteers with early childhood expertise. The specific amount allocated to each region is determined by the number of children under 5 in the area, and how many of those children live in poverty.
The check presented will fund early childhood services in the Yavapai region from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012. The regional council will work with community stakeholders for the next three months on a plan to build on the early childhood services already funded in the region and to address other needs of young children in the area.
To learn more about your local regional council and the early childhood services funded by FTF in the Yavapai region, please visit: www.azftf.gov/yavapai.