Charter School in Phoenix, Arizona

Children First Academy inspires the motivation to learn by engaging students as critical thinkers, problem solvers and active citizens; they strive to serve the whole child by providing hope, fostering strength and facilitating self-determination.

100 percent of the students and their families are at or below the poverty line and a vast majority of the students are homeless. There are approximately 350 students, grades K-9, being educated on its grounds. The school provides stability and hope for kids amid a chaotic world of homelessness and hopelessness; many of the children live in motels,shelters and many live doubled up . Children First Academy works to provide the necessities, care and attention that so many homeless and low socioeconomic children lack.

Children First Academy recognizes that educating children requires more than a classroom,desk and textbooks. We provide the following for our students and their families;



Our five buses travel over 450 miles a day; changing routes to accommodate the transitional lives of students’ families. This provides a consistent and stable environment for our kids.

Food & Clothing

Once a month, food boxes are given to families.

As a result of community donations, families receive hygiene kits, clothing, furniture and household items.

Social Services & Medical Care

A full-time counselor is on staff to work with individuals and groups of students. CFA-P also houses Sequoia Support Services, a behavioral health agency for Sequoia Charter Schools. Children and families are provided counseling services, individual, family and group. Parents are offered FREE parenting classes and support groups each Monday 4-6. For more information, you can go to or call us at 602-422-9951. Or call Bonny Beach, Program Director 602-448-0935

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Students are provided proper onsite medical and dental care through a partnership with Phoenix Children Hospital and Community Dental. These services include immunizations, health screening and vision and hearing assessments.
To learn more about the school or to make a monetary donation, please contact Sharyn Logue at or to learn about volunteering contact Caitlin Cramer at

CFA Phoenix News
Passport to Education - Children First Academy 2nd Annual Gala Event Fundraiser
Passport to Education - Children First Academy 2nd Annual Gala Event Fundraiser
Posted on 11/21/2014
Children First Foundation invites you to join us in our 2nd Annual Gala Event Fundraiser to support Children First Academy on November 21st, 2014. This year's event will be a night to remember, with a Live and Silent Auction, Magic Tree, and more...   more
Edkey / Blue Cross Blue Shield Walking Works Challenge
Edkey / Blue Cross Blue Shield Walking Works Challenge
Posted on 09/03/2014
WalkingWorks is a Blue Cross Blue Shield online tracking platform, inviting you to move from “learning about” to “doing something about” your health. You can use time or miles to record your physical activity, then log and track individual progress on the interactive web portal.  more
Back-to-school Batman Promotion to Benefit Children First Academy
Back-to-school Batman Promotion to Benefit Children First Academy
Posted on 07/30/2014
At this event, you can make school shopping easier for those in need. Donate a backpack filled with school supplies and get a Limited Edition Batman 75th Anniversary cape. The backpacks will be given to Children First Academy, a school of homeless and impoverished kids. Find out which supplies are needed at The event also will feature a Batman-themed bake sale, face-painting and make-your-own superhero capes. Details: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16. Samurai Comics, 1051 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix. 602-265-8886,  more
(Photo: Wade Moran/Special for The Republic)
Tamara Becker, Sequoia Schools meeting the needs of every student
Posted on 06/28/2014
"What makes the Edkey organization so unique is that we have so many different schools with all different approaches to educating students," she says. "But because we are consistent with our vision and mission, we can serve every student and always uphold our core values." In education, Becker found her passion and calling. "It was something I could do well," she explains, "and it made me feel complete when I was working with students."  more
Ready to get HandsOn? CFA Needs Volunteers
Ready to get HandsOn? CFA Needs Volunteers
Posted on 06/17/2014
HandsOn Greater Phoenix is currently recruiting their next round of AmeriCorps VISTA members, including the VISTA serving at Children First Foundation!   more
Splash Mob 5K to Benefit Children First Academy - 4th Annual
Splash Mob 5K to Benefit Children First Academy - 4th Annual
Posted on 05/08/2014
Arizona's coolest summer fun run! Literally. Participants will be cooled along the way by our "Splashers" - who will use Super Soakers and water balloons to reduce the impact of our Arizona summer swelter! Each participant will also bring 2 items of non-perishable healthy snacks to Children First Academy, a local non-profit school dedicated to helping homeless children. All proceeds and donations will go to the school.  more
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