Big Steps!


You can help Arizona’s children reach their full potential from their very first step

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Dear Friends,

As Board Chair of Child & Family Resources, now more than at any other time of the year am I reminded of the vital work that we’re doing for children and families in our community. As our children begin their first days in school, we want them to have what they need to succeed. But too many Arizona children are falling behind before they even set foot inside the classroom – and it’s preventable.

1 in 4 Arizona children live in poverty and nearly 70% don’t attend preschool due to cost

That’s why this year we’re launching 4 mini-campaigns to highlight the issues, and showcase how Child & Family Resources is tackling them, and most importantly, how you can help!

This week we’re launching Big Steps, our fall campaign to focus on school readiness and what children need to succeed.

Our programs such as Healthy Families, Building Bright Futures, and the Arizona Early Intervention Program give at-risk children the tools they need to succeed, and parents the guidance and support to encourage their success and well-being.

Please help Arizona children start this new year on a great foot by making a gift today!

Many thanks for all of your support!

Mary Swallow
Board Chair


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MCAP Graduation 2017

Please join us on Thursday, August 24th to celebrate the graduating class of 2017!

Our students from the Maricopa Center for Adolescent Parents (MCAP) program have shown courage and dedication in earning their High School Equivalency degrees, gaining vital life skills and healthy parenting skills, and preparing for college and/or career.

We’re so proud of what they’ve accomplished, so let’s come together and celebrate the next chapter of their lives!

Thursday, August 24, 2017  |  6:00pm – 8:00pm |  The Newton, 300 W. Camelback Rd. Phoenix

RSVP by August 23rd to Laine Seaton.

Calling All Youth Leaders!

Child & Family Resources is getting ready for our Youth Advisory Council for the 2017-2018 School Year!

Members of the Youth Advisory Council (YAC) gain valuable experience working in leadership roles to influence the community and make it a better place for everyone. Former YAC members have gone on to the Youth Leadership Team for the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, SIROW’s Youth Advisory Board, the Women’s Foundation UNIDAS Advisory Group, as well as college scholarships and more!

YAC members also receive lunch every day they attend, program-related gifts and giveaways, and gift cards!

Download YAC Information Sheet


Youth Advisory Members must be:

  • Ages 11 to 20
  • Living, working, or attending school in Pima, Cochise, or Santa Cruz County
  • Willing and able to attend all meetings and events (see 2017-2018 schedule)

Transportation is only provided for the Retreat. Youth are responsible for arranging their own transportation for all other events.

A Mandatory Orientation for anyone interested in applying will be held on Saturday, July 8, 2017 * 10 am-11 am. You must attend in order to apply.

A Major Success: Champions for Children & Families, Tucson

Held on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at the DoubleTree at Reid Park, this year's Champions for Children & Families Tucson luncheon was the best, yet!

With over 400 guests and 10 sponsors preliminary count puts your support at $54,000! And we're still counting online and mailed guest donations. Thank you for all you do to support children and families in Arizona! Thank you for helping us building a community where all children can reach their full potential.

Our Honorees

We were so honored to recognize the work of so many people in the community. To read more about this year's winners, visit Champions / Tucson page.

The Giving Heart Award Winner 


Gabe Zimmerman Emerging Champion Award Nominees and Winners

  • Jenny Douglas and Crissi Blake
  • Joseph Luevano
  • Cassandra McCord
  • More Than a Bed, Kristy & Ron Deakin, and Grace Stocksdale (Winners)

Champion for Children & Families Award Nominees and Winners

  • Cyndi Dwyer
  • Larry Gonzalez
  • Susan Stansberry
  • Julie Seidl
  • Nandi Muhammad
  • Kelli Workman
  • Angelica Elias & Edward Casillas (Winners)

Martha K. Rothman Lifetime Achievement Award Nominees and Winner

  • John Hutter
  • Just Kids, Inc.
  • Craig LeCroy
  • Gina Murphy-Darling
  • The Honorable Karen Adam, ret. (Winner)

Special Thanks

Special thanks to our presenters and speakers, Barbara Atwood, Christina Cutshaw, Deja Foxx, Elliot Glicksman, Mary Swallow, and Ross Zimmerman. Thank you to Elena Thorton for donating her talents with photography. 

Thank You to our Sponsors

Tucson Electric Power as our Partner Sponsor!

Desert Diamond Casinos and Entertainment, Learning A to Z, Lovitt & Touche, R&A CPA’s and Technology Solutions as your Leader Sponsors!

Arizona Child Care Association, LeCroy & Milligan, The Peter DeLuca Real Estate Team at Long Realty, the Ohio Children’s Foundation, and Salon Nouveau as our Friend Sponsors!