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.

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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
CFA Joins ARIZONA GIVES DAY - APRIL 7, 2015
CFA Joins ARIZONA GIVES DAY - APRIL 7, 2015
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
4 weekend car shows and chances to give to kids in need
4 weekend car shows and chances to give to kids in need
Posted on 12/10/2014
Surprise Ford Christmas Show See cars of all makes and models on display at Surprise Ford, and help fill a truck with donated children's clothes, toys and food for Children First Academy of Phoenix to benefit homeless children. Awards will be given in 24 classes, and all vehicles entered will receive a goodie bag and dash plaque. Hot dogs, chips and a drink are free to entrants and available for a nominal fee for spectators. Entertainment includes raffles and music from the Heart of Rock N Soul Band and DJ Greg. If it rains, the show will be rescheduled for Dec. 20.   more
Fantasy Flight takes children to 'North Pole'
Fantasy Flight takes children to 'North Pole'
Posted on 12/05/2014
It was the annual United Fantasy Flight, which took about 120 students from Children First Academy and Concordia Charter School to a winter wonderland.  more

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