Children First Leadership Academy
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;

Transportation:

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

Full-time counselors are on staff to work with students, families and groups through Sequoia Support Services, a behavioral health agency for Sequoia Charter Schools, and the Phoenix Children's Hospital. Parents are also offered FREE parenting classes. For more information, you can go to sequoiasupportservices.org, call us at 602-422-9951 or call Bonny Beach, Program Director 602-448-0935

Students are provided 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 Jerry Lewis at jelewis@edkey.org



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