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The Early Childhood Partnership of Southern Pima County is a grassroots community coalition which formed in 2005 in order to help more children in Southern Arizona enter school ready to learn and succeed. Our membership consists of the Preschool Directors from Trisha’s Learning Center, Shepherd’s Fold, Sahuarita Unified School District’s Early Childhood Center, Sopori Preschool, Continental Preschool, and Los Ninos del Valle Preschool, DES, United Community Health Center, and Quality First Coaches from Child & Family Resources and Easter Seals Blake Foundation. United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona has been the partnership’s fiscal agent since 2006. We meet monthly, August through May 11:30 p.m. – 1 p.m. for a brown bag lunch.
Young Athletes™ is a unique sport and play program for children ages 2 1/2 -7 with intellectual disabilities, physical or intellectual delay. The focus is on fun activities that are important to mental and physical growth. The children learn new things, play and have lots of fun! Parents say their children in Young Athletes also develop better social skills. The confidence boost makes it easier for them to play and talk with other children on the playground and elsewhere.
The Sensory Playtime Project includes the Imagination Playground and the Sensory Play Area and was funded through a grant with Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation, Inc. and made possible through the collaboration of the Town of Sahuarita’s Parks & Recreation Program with United Way’s Early Childhood Partnership of South Pima County.
The Professional REWARD$ program is the newest First Things First statewide initiative offering a financial incentive to child care professionals working with children birth through age 5. The program acknowledges and rewards progressive education, educational attainment and commitment to continuous employment at a child care center, group or family child care home regulated by a Federal, State or Tribal authority. Approved child care professionals will receive a financial incentive ranging from $300 to $2,000 based on their education. To learn more and apply, click HERE.
P.A.L.S is a partnership of parents, community members, and educators offering family leadership skills, advocacy support, and parenting education for families who have young children ages 0-5 with special needs. We meet in 4, 8 week sessions: Fall I, Fall II, Winter I, Spring I. Children up to age 8 are welcome to all classes. Locations and time for sessions vary.
Funded by the South Pima Regional Partnership Council of First Things First, we are working to improve the coordination of services for families with children birth to five years old in all of Southern Pima County, with special emphasis on the following communities: Amado, Arivaca, Sasabe, Three Points, Summit View and the Sunnyside/85706 zip code.
In 1996, Dolly Parton launched an exciting new effort to benefit the children of her home county in east Tennessee. Dolly wanted to foster a love of reading among her county’s preschool children and their families. She wanted children to be excited about books and to feel the magic that books can create. Moreover, she wanted to insure that every child would have books, regardless of their family’s income.
To achieve these goals, Dolly decided to mail a brand new, age appropriate book each month to every child under 5 in Sevier County. With the arrival of every child’s first book, the classic “The Little Engine That Could,” every child could now experience the joy of finding their very own book in their mail box. These moments continue each month until the child turns 5, and in their very last month in the program they receive “Look Out Kindergarten Here I Come.”