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;

 

Transportation:

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 sequoiasupportservices.org or call us at 602-422-9951. Or call Bonny Beach, Program Director 602-448-0935

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 sharyn.logue@edkey.org or to learn about volunteering contact Caitlin Cramer at ccramer@edkey.org

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