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
New Grant Opportunities from Grand Canyon University for Students and Parents
New Grant Opportunities from Grand Canyon University for Students and Parents
Posted on 04/13/2015
Grand Canyon University strives to serve and support schools like ours in our work to ensure bright futures for all of your students and communities. To this end, GCU has announced a couple of new benefits they have added for our students and parents to take advantage of.  more
Use Your Fry's Card to Support Children First Foundation
Use Your Fry's Card to Support Children First Foundation
Posted on 04/03/2015
You can now support Children First Foundation by linking us to your Fry's Grocery Store card. Follow the steps outlined below to link your Fry's Card to CFA and a small percentage of your purchases will be donated to Children First.  more
Posted on 03/23/2015
Arizona Gives Day is a powerful 24 hour online giving experience that unites Arizonans around causes they believe in. Hosted by the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits and the Arizona Grantmakers Forum, Arizona Gives Day is a great way for nonprofits to connect to the larger community, learn how to use new digital tools and strategies, and generate excitement and resources for your mission.  more
(Photo: Karen Shell/Kids in Focus)
Photography program helps 'at risk' kids see the world
Posted on 03/06/2015
All the kids at Children's First Academy come from impoverished homes. Most are homeless and considered at risk. So their view of the world is often limited. Kids in Focus helps them see the world from different perspectives. "Before I went to Kids in Focus, I never looked at things. Now, I actually see things that no one else can really see," Coleman said.   more
Children photography exhibit goes on display in Phoenix March 6
Children photography exhibit goes on display in Phoenix March 6
Posted on 03/03/2015
Fifty photographs taken by 22 students from Children First Academy Phoenix during a nine-week Kids in Focus project will go on display at a free exhibit at the Burton Barr Library, 1221 N. Central Ave., from March 6 to April 19.  more
Tempe officer faces toughest question from CFA Tempe 1st grader
Tempe officer faces toughest question from CFA Tempe 1st grader
Posted on 12/26/2014
"It's necessary, so necessary to interact with these kids so they see the human behind the police badge," Johnson told me. Johnson participates in the Tempe Police Department's Adopt a School program, which allows officers to volunteer an hour a week at a specific school. This kind of volunteer work is especially necessary at Children First Academy, near Apache and McClintock. Most of the 230 children enrolled in the school are either homeless or in foster care. Many would have reasons to be distrustful of police.  more
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Cox Communications is offering high speed internet for $9.95 per month for qualifying Children First Academy Families.
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