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Vince Yanez Appointed to the Arizona Early Childhood Development and Health Board

Author: Helios Education Foundation

Posted on: April 23, 2019

Vince Yanez, Helios’ Senior Vice President of Arizona Community Engagement, was recently appointed to the Arizona Early Childhood Development and Health Board (more commonly known as the First Things First board).  The Board consists of nine members appointed by the Governor and approved by the state Senate.  The Board is responsible for ensuring that Arizona’s early childhood funds are spent on services that help our state’s youngest children be healthier and start kindergarten ready to succeed.

“It is an honor to serve on the Arizona Early Childhood Development and Health Board,” said Yanez.  “The work that First Things First does is critical to ensuring young children in our community have access to health and early education services and I look forward to working with them to help expand opportunities for Arizona’s youngest children to succeed in school and in life.”  

As Senior Vice President of Arizona Community Engagement, Mr. Yanez leads Helios’ efforts to improve quality, access, and achievement across the birth-postsecondary education continuum, especially those in high-poverty, Latino communities.  Helios Education Foundation has a specific focus on our state’s youngest children and the Foundation believes that by strengthening early childhood systems to promote language and literacy development, more Arizona children will enter kindergarten ready to succeed and be reading at grade level by the end of third grade.

“Vince Yanez will be a valuable member of the Arizona Early Childhood Development and Health Board,” said Paul J. Luna, President and CEO, Helios Education Foundation.  “He has extensive expertise in education practice and policy and understands the importance of the early years in laying a foundation for future academic success.  The Board will also be served by his ability to bring different sectors together and collaborate to solve problems and work together.”

Mr. Yanez will serve a six year term ending in January 2025.   

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