Librarian receives Champion for Young Children Award

Buckeye Public Library System’s Library Assistant Stacie Kopa was awarded the prestigious Champion for Young Children Award last month by First Things First, a state agency committed to supporting the healthy development and learning of Arizona’s young children from birth to age five.

Kopa was recognized for initiative to start two unique programs that benefit both young children and their families – Storytime Underground and Sensory Learning Activities. Nearly 80 families currently participate in these programs which help prepare the children for kindergarten.

“I learned first-hand from raising my own children how they can benefit from early childhood development,” says Kopa. “It was only natural to share my knowledge with others.”

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.

To learn more about the city of Buckeye’s award winning  baby time and story time programs, please visit

Details on First Things First at


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