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All providers that participate in Quality First are licensed and regulated.

Tribal providers are operated by a tribe or nation on tribal lands.

Quality First Star Rating

Star Ratings are based on what research shows are the key components of quality.Learn more.

All participating programs are committed to quality improvement. Some may not yet have a public rating.

Programs in the quality levels meet or exceed quality standards.

Quality First Scholarships

Quality First Scholarships help low-income families afford quality early care and education for their young children. The number of scholarships is limited, and they are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact programs that participate in Quality First Scholarships to ask about availability.

Learn more about Quality First Scholarships.

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Quality First partners with child care and preschool providers to improve the quality of early learning in Arizona.

More than 1,000 child care centers, homes and preschool programs across Arizona participate in Quality First.

Quality matters

90% of a child’s brain develops before age 5, and the positive, nurturing relationships young kids have with adults — from parents to child care and early learning professionals — shape their learning now and throughout their lives.

Research shows that quality child care and preschool programs help children learn and develop important skills and abilities — like motivation, self-control, focus and self-esteem — that prepare them for success in school and in life.

What does quality look like?

Quality child care and preschool programs build on basic health and safety to include:

  • Teachers who know how to work with young children
  • Positive, consistent relationships that give kids the individual attention they need
  • Learning environments that encourage creativity, imaginative play and positive brain development
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What is Quality First?

Quality First works with more than 1,000 child care and preschool providers in Arizona to improve the quality of early learning in ways that help young kids learn, grow and thrive. All of these programs are licensed and regulated, but participating in Quality First is voluntary. These programs are committed to quality improvement, going beyond regulatory requirements to help the infants, toddlers and preschoolers in their care be ready for success in school and beyond. More »

First Things First is committed to supporting the healthy development and learning of Arizona’s young children from birth to age 5.


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Quality early learning programs provide long-lasting benefits

A recent study shows that quality child care and preschool programs boost kids’ social-emotional skills and later academic achievement.


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Things you can do to help your child be ready for kindergarten

Learn more about how you can help your child be prepared for school success.


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Find early childhood programs in your Arizona community

First Things First supports a wide variety of programs for children from birth to age 5 and their families. Use our search tool to learn about and connect with programs near you.