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
Edkey / Blue Cross Blue Shield Walking Works Challenge
Edkey / Blue Cross Blue Shield Walking Works Challenge
Posted on 09/03/2014
WalkingWorks is a Blue Cross Blue Shield online tracking platform, inviting you to move from “learning about” to “doing something about” your health. You can use time or miles to record your physical activity, then log and track individual progress on the interactive web portal.  more
Back-to-school Batman Promotion to Benefit Children First Academy
Back-to-school Batman Promotion to Benefit Children First Academy
Posted on 07/30/2014
At this event, you can make school shopping easier for those in need. Donate a backpack filled with school supplies and get a Limited Edition Batman 75th Anniversary cape. The backpacks will be given to Children First Academy, a school of homeless and impoverished kids. Find out which supplies are needed at cfaphoenix.org/donate. The event also will feature a Batman-themed bake sale, face-painting and make-your-own superhero capes. Details: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16. Samurai Comics, 1051 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix. 602-265-8886, samuraicomics.com.  more
(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

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