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
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.