First Things First honors Champions for Young Children in San Carlos

Left is LaToya Beatty, Regional Director for FTF San Carlos Apache Region, right Trena Antonio 2020 FTF San Carlos Apache Regions Champion for Young Children. Her work with parents and children have been invaluable this past year. It’s Champions like her that help our young children be successful! Thank you so much for all you do for the young children and families of our great community

SAN CARLOS – First Things First recognizes Trena Antonio as the 2020 First Things First San Carlos Apache Region Champion for Young Children.

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 FTF and building public awareness about the importance of early childhood issues.

Antonio, who lives in San Carlos, has volunteered with First Things First to raise awareness of the importance of early childhood education in the community. She was recently recognized at the June FTF San Carlos Apache Regional Council meeting.

“Early childhood development and health is important because it teaches a child to be independent in any and all typical tasks during their development and it will give a child a bright healthy future,” Antonio said.

Antonio volunteered at weekend events, such as the Spring into Health STEM event and the Smokey Bear Birthday Celebration, to share early childhood information with families.

She is a third grade teacher, as well as a minister at Freedom Holiness Church in San Carlos, where she weaves the importance of quality experiences for young children in her sermons. She also shares age-appropriate books with parents of babies, toddlers and preschoolers at her church and shows them how to read with their young children, She shares with them the importance of early literacy and the impact she has seen on her students that have had those quality early experiences.

For more information about Antonio and your local regional council partnership please visit: and click on San Carlos Apache Region.

About First Things First –First Things First is a voter-created, statewide organization that funds early learning, family support and children preventive health services 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


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