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First Things First Early Childhood Therapist Incentives Programs

Therapist Eligibility

For a therapist to be eligible for the FTF Early Childhood Therapist Incentives Programs (Loan Repayment or Stipend), the therapist must meet the requirements below AND his/her service area or therapy clinic must also meet the Service Eligibility requirements. The therapist must fulfill the following requirements in order to be eligible:

  • Be licensed to practice in Arizona as a Speech/Language Pathologist, Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Clinical Psychologist, or Mental Health Specialists (i.e. LPC and LCSW)
  • Must be a United States citizen or qualified alien;
  • Have a valid offer of employment from an eligible employer (see service area eligibility requirements);
  • Provide developmentally appropriate services for a minimum of 30 hours per week serving birth through age five at eligible regional council zip code(s);
  • The program will only consider NEW therapists meeting the following definitions:
    • A graduate of an accredited therapy program within the past 18 months (Master's Level SLPs in their Clinical Fellowship Year may qualify)
    • A therapist who has not previously contracted to serve children birth through 5 in an eligible region and meets required standards
    • A therapist who has recently moved or begun providing services (within the past six months) to an eligible region to serve children birth through 5 (i.e. out-of-state or returning therapists)
  • Other eligibility requirements

Note: Applicants who wish to be considered for the First Things First Loan Repayment or Stipend or both must verify that his/her employer or therapy clinic or area is eligible first prior to submitting an application. Check if the service area zip code(s) or therapy clinic is eligible.