First Things First recognizes John Jarchow as the 2016 Navajo/Apache Region First Things First Champion for Young Children. Jarchow received the award July 11 at the White Mountain Nature Center board meeting and given a collection of artwork created by young children from throughout the region.
The award is given to local champions who actively volunteer their time to raise public awareness of the importance of early childhood development and health. Champions spend a significant amount of time volunteering with First Things First and building public awareness about the importance of early childhood issues.
Jarchow, who lives in Pinetop, volunteers with First Things First to develop more opportunities for early childhood and K – 12 education professionals to share training and professional-development opportunities related to emergent and early literacy, distributing children’s books, teaching resources across the region, and strengthening the connection between children’s earliest experiences and their later success in school and in life.
“There is not a more important commitment of time and effort we can make than in early childhood development and health,” said Jarchow, who is the regional coordinator for Building Communities Supporting Children’s Reading—a federally funded project implemented by the Three Rivers Education Foundation. “It is clear that even a small expenditure of time and effort at early childhood can save a huge commitment of resources that will later be required for remediation and/or rehabilitation.”
Jarchow is engaged in awareness-raising efforts such as:
- Organizing and partnering with the First Things First Navajo/Apache regional director to deliver emergent and early literacy focused professional development.
- Serving on First Things First committees.
- Serving on Request for Grant Application External Review Committees since 2012.
- Serving on First Things First Regional Partnership Council nominating committees since 2012.
- Infusing the importance of early childhood into his work with Three Rivers, Books for Kids AZ, and the White Mountain Nature Center.
- Serving on the Navajo/Apache High Quality Early Childhood Partner Community Coalition.
- Being intricately involved in the groundwork for the development of a local Read On Community that will work to support and align our regions’ multiple and varied approaches to early literacy programs and support.
Jarchow is a member of the Northern Arizona Vocational Institutes of Technology, Joint Technology Education District (NAVIT, JTED) School Board, Books for Kids AZ, and the White Mountain Nature Center.
For more information about Jarchow and your local regional council partnership please visit Arizona First Things First, and click on the Navajo/Apache region.
About First Things First
First Things First is a voter-created, statewide organization funding 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.