Kids 5 and younger will have better access to the early education and health services that prepare them to succeed in school, thanks to a $118,147 check presented by First Things First to Peach Springs community leaders Wednesday. FTF funds come from an 80-cent per pack increase on tobacco products approved by voters in 2006 for the express purpose of expanding or enhancing education and health services for children. Decisions about which services to fund are made by local volunteers with early childhood expertise. The specific amount allocated to each region is determined by the number of children under 5 in the area, and how many of them live in poverty. The check help will fund services from July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2012. To learn more about your local regional council and the early childhood services funded by FTF in the Hualapai Tribe region, visit: www.azftf.gov/hualapaitribe.