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 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

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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, please contact Sharyn Logue at sharyn.logue@edkey.org or to learn about volunteering contact Caitlin Cramer at ccramer@edkey.org

CFA Phoenix News
(Photo: Wade Moran/Special for The Republic)
Tamara Becker, Sequoia Schools meeting the needs of every student
Posted on 06/28/2014
"What makes the Edkey organization so unique is that we have so many different schools with all different approaches to educating students," she says. "But because we are consistent with our vision and mission, we can serve every student and always uphold our core values." In education, Becker found her passion and calling. "It was something I could do well," she explains, "and it made me feel complete when I was working with students."  more
Ready to get HandsOn? CFA Needs Volunteers
Ready to get HandsOn? CFA Needs Volunteers
Posted on 06/17/2014
HandsOn Greater Phoenix is currently recruiting their next round of AmeriCorps VISTA members, including the VISTA serving at Children First Foundation!   more
Splash Mob 5K to Benefit Children First Academy - 4th Annual
Splash Mob 5K to Benefit Children First Academy - 4th Annual
Posted on 05/08/2014
Arizona's coolest summer fun run! Literally. Participants will be cooled along the way by our "Splashers" - who will use Super Soakers and water balloons to reduce the impact of our Arizona summer swelter! Each participant will also bring 2 items of non-perishable healthy snacks to Children First Academy, a local non-profit school dedicated to helping homeless children. All proceeds and donations will go to the school.  more
Sequoia Schools and CFA join AZ Gives Day - April 9th, 2014
Sequoia Schools and CFA join AZ Gives Day - April 9th, 2014
Posted on 04/09/2014
On April 9, 2014 you will be presented with a state-sized opportunity to make a profound difference in your community. This one day provides an inspiring way for Arizonans to join forces to help their communities. What cause are you passionate about? We’ve united hundreds of nonprofits across Arizona. Select the nonprofit of your choice and donate confidently knowing that your donation goes directly to that nonprofit (not into a general fund). Remember, a better tomorrow begins with a better today. Donate here on Arizona Gives Day and help create immediate and enduring change throughout the state.  more
Mayors honor volunteers during day of recogntion
Mayors honor volunteers during day of recogntion
Posted on 04/01/2014
More than 1,500 mayors across the country paid tribute to volunteers on Tuesday during the Mayor's Day of Recognition for National Service. In Phoenix, Vice Mayor Jim Waring read a proclamation honoring some 1,300 volunteers in the Phoenix area. He did it in front of 50 volunteers from the groups Americore and Seniorcore at the Children First Academy in south Phoenix. "Thank you for the service," Waring said. "Obviously, the city is in budget straits right now, and so we need some volunteers to step up and fill in some need."  more
Kids In Focus; project aimed to help kids get a better view of life
Kids In Focus; project aimed to help kids get a better view of life
Posted on 03/16/2014
Hundreds of thousands of children live in poverty across Arizona. An unstable start in life makes it hard for a young person to turn things around. A program called Kids In Focus is aimed at giving kids a better view of life.  more
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