Homelessness is a devastating experience for families. It disrupts virtually every aspect of family life, damaging physical and emotional health, and interfering with a child's development and education.
Children First Academy is a Title I school with 300 students, grades K-8, being educated on its grounds. 68% of the students are homeless and 100% of the students qualify for free breakfast and lunch. The school provides stability and hope for kids amid a chaotic world of homelessness and hopelessness. Children First Academy works to provide the necessities, care and attention that so many homeless children lack.
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.
Whole Child Approach
It can be very difficult for a child to concentrate on academic endeavors when basic needs are not met. Nourishment, cleanliness, medical needs and emotional needs can be serious impediments to learning. We provide clothing, regular meals, hygiene, medical care and on-site dental care for all of our students. Even emotional needs are addressed and CFA students often think of CFA as a second family.
Thanks in part to your past support, CFA has a new, larger school facility! That new facility has a need for a science lab. Currently, this room is unfinished, empty and essential basics are needed. The school currently has a desperate need for lab furniture and equipment. Splash Mob 5K will play a key role in supplying and setting up the science lab! Your donations through registration are greatly appreciated!
Children First Academy feeds its students, and even the families of its students through an on-site food bank. Community donations provide that food. The school currently has need of lightweight, healthy food snacks as the new school year approaches. see the list to your right. Donations of non-perishable food items will also be collected at the Splash Mob 5K Run event.
Pressing Needs List
The school currently has a pressing need for the following items, which we encourage you to select your donations from.Food Room:
- Healthy Snacks
- Low Calorie, High Nutrition Snack Bars
- Freeze Dried Fruit/Vegetables
- Single Serving Healthy Food items
- Top Ramen
- Peanut Butter
- Boxed Potatoes