Charter School in Tempe, Arizona


Edkey - Children First Academy - Tempe, a Sequoia Ranch school and part of Sequoia Schools, is a school for homeless and underprivileged children in the East Valley. We go to extraordinary lengths to fill the needs of homeless children in Arizona. We pick up students from shelters and temporary housing to attend our school each day. We offer meals and Character Counts programming, organize volunteer health and dental care, have clothing rooms and organize food drives for our families. We have amazing teachers who give our students the individual care they are often lacking at home. They teach to the highest academic standards. We reach out to the community and ask for your help in our efforts to put homeless children first in Arizona.

TRANSPORTATION

We go to extraordinary lengths to fill the needs of homeless children in Arizona.  We pick up students from shelters and temporary housing to attend our school each day.  There are no boundaries when it comes to the needs of children of homeless families.  Bus routes are changed on a daily basis to accommodate the transitional lifestyle of these families.  This unique service allows the school the opportunity to provide a consistent learning environment and stability that is often lacking in other areas of the students lives.

FOOD and CLOTHING

All students are provided a nutritionally balanced breakfast and lunch.  Snacks are also provided during the day. Food boxes are given to families when there is little or no food at home.

Through community donations, children are able to receive hygiene kits, clothing, and shoes during a monthly visit to the clothing room.

SOCIAL SERVICES and MEDICAL CARE

Outreach staff provides referrals to social service agencies and helps break down the barriers that prevent families from accessing these services.

Students are provided proper medical and dental care through a partnership with Phoenix Children Hospital and Community Dental.  These services include immunizations, health screening including vision and hearing assessments, and dental referrals.
 
To learn more about the school, to make a monetary donation or a corporate sponsorship, please contact Sharyn Logue at sharyn.logue@edkey.org


Children First Academy of Tempe News
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
Arizona college students put unique soles on feet of needy kids
Arizona college students put unique soles on feet of needy kids
Posted on 03/13/2014
For the last year, some Arizona State University students from the Barrett Honors College have been putting some unique, one-of-a-kind soles on the feet of some needy children in Tempe. "There was everything from dinosaurs to The Avengers to flowers to just patterns. It was great," said Ashley Archambault, the 20-year-old founder of the Beautiful Soles project.  more
Photo Exhibit to Feature Images from Children First Academy Students at Burton Barr Library, Begin. 3/21
Photo Exhibit to Feature Images from Children First Academy Students at Burton Barr Library, Begin. 3/21
Posted on 03/06/2014
Eighteen budding photographers from Children First Academy, which serves at-risk or homeless children, will see the images they captured during a ten-week mentoring experience with professional photographers on exhibit at the Burton Barr Library from March 21 to April 14.  more
Volunteers use photography to help underprivileged students
Volunteers use photography to help underprivileged students
Posted on 01/24/2014
The 300 children who go to Children First Academy in Phoenix are all in families at or below the poverty line, and most of them are homeless. Yet, a special project called Kids in Focus is underway at the academy that is aimed at helping students. Valley photographers volunteer their time to work with 20 students on their skills.  more

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