About CFLA

About Children First Leadership Academy

The Children First Leadership Academy (CFLA) formerly known as Children First Academy Phoenix and Thomas J. Pappas School is  located in the renovated Food City at 16th Street and Mohave in Phoenix, Arizona. CFLA is operated by Edley, Inc., an Arizona 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization.

CFLA exists to help each student succeed. Our talented leadership and staff inspire students to be respectful individuals, responsible citizens, and critical thinkers. CFLA serves the whole child by providing hope, fostering strength, facilitating self-determination, and developing leadership qualities.

Additional resources provided by CFLA’s supportive stakeholders enable students to participate in a stable, stimulating, and supportive environment that instills confidence and eliminates the obstacles that might otherwise stand in the way of a quality education. The CFLA staff recognizes that educating children requires more than a classroom, desks, and textbooks.

Assistant Superintendent – Jerry Lewis
Principal -Ximena Echeverria