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Ambassador Club Highlight

This month's featured Ambassadors are City Square Church.

Since July 2012, City Square Church has been establishing itself in downtown Phoenix as the first progressive faith community committed to gathering where the people of Downtown Phoenix gather. From coffee shops to bars, art galleries to community theatres, city parks to neighborhood associations. City Square Church is moving beyond the walls of the church to reinvent the way people gather around spirituality generally and Christianity in particular. For more information on who we are or where you can find us go to

This club pays tribute to our very special donors who make an outstanding personal effort to help raise funds or donate their time in a special way for our common purpose.

We hereby certify that Edkey, Inc. - Children First Academy of Phoenix provides this as our official community notification that it is our intention to submit an application for the 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) program for education and related activities that will complement and enhance our students' academic performance and achievement. This is a requirement by the U.S. Department of Education, Non-Regulatory Guidance as official public notice.

Click to read the CFAP 21st Century Grant Application Notice Letter


Children First Academy of Phoenix
A 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 six 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 or to learn about volunteering, please contact Nancy Harris at

CFA Phoenix News

Brad Miles named Interim Superintendent of Edkey

Posted On: 2015-10-15 06:06 PM
The EdKey Board named Brad Miles interim superintendent at a board meeting on October 12. Mr. Miles was previously an assistant superintendent for Edkey. Mr. Miles has responsibility for all of the schools within the EdKey system, including supervision of
Screencap from YouTube Video
Screencap from YouTube Video

New Videos Posted to the SequoiaCharter YouTube Channel

Posted On: 2015-10-06 03:46 PM
We have posted a couple new videos to our YouTube channel. These videos were produced for the 3rd Annual Children First Foundation Gala Event fundraiser held on October 3, 2015. The event raised money for the Children First Academy schools of Phoenix and
Sarah Ruf/Maricopa Monitor - Sequoia Pathway Academy students got a chance to participate in a two-day math and science camp sponsored by Best Buy’s Geek Squad Academy.
Sarah Ruf/Maricopa Monitor - Sequoia Pathway Academy students got a chance to participate in a two-day math and science camp sponsored by Best Buy’s Geek Squad Academy.

Geek Squad comes to Maricopa for technology camp

Posted On: 2015-09-28 08:58 AM

Geek Squad Academy descended on Sequoia Pathway Academy Sept. 16 and 17 for a technology camp aimed at getting students excited about the careers of the future. Best Buy's famed Geek Squad offers the two-day initiative at no cost to participating schools

Parents Right to Know Notification

Posted On: 2015-09-23 10:53 AM
We are pleased to notify you that in accordance with the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, you have the right to request information regarding the professional qualifications of your child's teacher. Please read the letter for the complete information on

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