Any caregiver, including relatives raising children in their family, can access Child Crisis Arizona’s parenting resources, free of charge.
CLASSES, WORKSHOPS AND SUPPORT
Child Crisis Arizona offers a no-cost resource for families and community members through 200 different parenting classes, workshops, children’s playgroups, support groups and family events. Our services strive to build safe, stable and strong families through a Family Resource Model.
Did You Know?
In Arizona, there are more than 100,000 children living with relatives. About 67,000 of these children are being raised by their grandparents. If you are a relative raising a child in your family, you are not alone.
Child Crisis Arizona provides counseling and support groups, education and training, to caregivers, foster and adoptive families. The programs help all caregivers provide the best care possible for their families.
Home Visitation for Parents and Children
Child Crisis Arizona’s Home Visitation Program provides no-cost, in-home support service for pregnant mothers and families in Gilbert, Mesa and Queen Creek with children birth to 5.
The program offers guidance, developmental screenings and support to parents to help ensure kids are prepared for school before they enter kindergarten. Home visits occur at least monthly but can be more frequent if needed.
Early Education Services
Child Crisis Arizona operates a year-round Early Education Services program located in Phoenix. It serves 92 toddlers ages 1 to 5 in a classroom setting. We are hoping to expand this program to Mesa in the future.
Low teacher-child ratios and small group sizes ensure that services are individualized and that children have opportunities to form healthy attachments with their teachers. Children receive myriad opportunities to develop the physical, social and emotional skills they will need to succeed in school. Parents are welcome to visit the classrooms and receive monthly home visits from their child’s teacher to build strong home and classroom connections.
Annually, Child Crisis Arizona’s Early Education Services program also provides 36 pregnant women and their families weekly home-based visits from a Family Support Specialist that promote parenting skills and healthy child development and connect families with other needed community services and resources.
PREVENTION SAVES LIVES
Parenting education is vital to Child Crisis Arizona’s efforts to prevent child abuse, neglect and build strong families. We aim to reduce child abuse and neglect by providing access to a variety of parenting tools and resources.
Studies show it is more cost effective and less traumatic to children to prevent a family from entering the State of Arizona’s child welfare system. Child Crisis Arizona’s Prevention and Education Program is entirely funded through philanthropy and corporate partnerships.
Research shows that children raised in a relative’s care as opposed to foster care or group homes adjust better to their new environment, have fewer behavioral problems and experience less educational disruptions. Child Crisis Arizona supports relatives raising children through a variety of classes and support groups. Relative care allows children to stay within their extended families and prevents the trauma of being removed to live with strangers.