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 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
We are also in partnership with www.infantCPR.com
. They provide comprehensive online CPR training specializing in pediatric techniques. Please contact us if you would like to receive free CPR training through infantCPR.com
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.