First Things First: Quality First scholarship helps Coolidge boy become more independent

Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

Jessica, Thunder, and Sammy Moore of Coolidge

COOLIDGE (December 13, 2018) – When it came to their youngest son, Thunder, Jessica and Sammy Moore handled his early education differently than their three older children.

  “I was afraid to let the other kids go (to preschool) when they were young,” Jessica Moore said.  “I did everything for my kids, so much so, that they were the opposite of Thunder when they entered kindergarten; they were much less confident and much needier. Now I see the difference of what preschool can do.”

  The Moores enrolled Thunder in Kids Klub, a Quality First center in Coolidge. Kids Klub is one of about 1,000 child care and preschool providers throughout Arizona that partners with Quality First, a signature program of First Things First, to improve the quality of their early learning programs.

  Thunder attends Kids Klub with help from a Quality First scholarship, which helps eligible families afford to send their child to a quality child care centers and preschools. Quality is one of the most important factors to consider in child care and preschool. Research shows that quality early learning settings help young children develop important skills — like motivation, self-control, focus and getting along with others — that make a big difference in their ability to succeed in school and in life.

  Sammy Moore has watched his son grow emotionally and physically.

  “Thunder is the most disciplined of our four children and is learning how to be more grown-up,” he said. “He even packs his lunch to get ready for his day and he follows rules. Thunder is just way more advanced than his siblings were at that age.”

  After attending Kids Klub for almost three years, Jessica Moore said Thunder, now 5, has transitioned from being shy to very outgoing.

  “He is happy, confident and more independent,” she said. “Thunder learned about team work, how to play within a group and how to be a friend to others. He looks forward to learning. Then he comes home, eats dinner and talks with his family about what he learned that day.”

About First Things First – First Things First is a voter-created, statewide organization that funds early education and health programs to help kids be successful once they enter kindergarten. Decisions about how those funds are spent are made by local councils staffed by community volunteers. To learn more, visit www.lFirstThingsFirst.org

Staff (5624 Posts)

There are news or informational items frequently written by staff or submitted to the Copper Basin News, San Manuel Miner, Superior Sun, Pinal Nugget or Oracle Towne Crier for inclusion in our print or digital products. These items are not credited with an author.


Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather
Facebooktwitterby feather

Comments are closed.

  • Additional Stories

    HWUSD getting a makeover

    November 18th, 2020
    by

      The Hayden High School and Leonor Hambly K-8 Elementary School classrooms are getting a new look with the old […]


    Hayden cancels winter sports season

    November 18th, 2020
    by

      The Hayden-Winkelman Unified School District announced last week that it will continue distance learning online through the end of […]


    Gila County announces enhanced discount prescription and health program

    November 18th, 2020
    by

      Residents of Gila County can now access savings at walk-in medical clinics, low-cost telemedicine service and increased prescription discounts. […]


    ASARCO donates masks and education supplies

    November 18th, 2020
    by

      On Monday, Nov. 9, Hayden-Winkelman School Superintendent Jeff Gregorich met with Asarco Mining Community Outreach Coordinator, James Steward, and […]


  • Additional Stories

    Mary Louise Eck

    November 18th, 2020
    by

      Mary Louise Eck, 93, went to see the Lord on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020.  She passed away due to […]


    Central Arizona College celebrates Arizona Apprenticeship Week, recognizing successful business partnerships

    November 18th, 2020
    by

      Central Arizona College is celebrating Arizona Apprenticeship Week, Nov. 15-21, 2020. CAC is providing innovative training and opportunities for […]


    Toys for Christmas

    November 18th, 2020
    by

    Folks in Oracle didn’t let the unlucky day of Friday the 13th scare them away from a toy drive. In […]


    Oracle State Park: Great for walkers and winged things

    November 18th, 2020
    by

      Many enjoy waking to bird song. Others love birds so much they will take classes and plan trips based […]


  • Copperarea

  • Southeast Valley Ledger