Child and Family Resources
Tucson Location and Programs
2800 E. Broadway Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85716
(520) 881-8940
(520)325-8780 fax

Please click on program titles for more detailed information:

Childcare Services:
Arizona Infant/Toddler Institute (AITI)
Child care providers working with infants and toddlers receive comprehensive professional development opportunities and on-site technical assistance at no cost to them. AITI trainings are based on a nationally recognized curriculum (WestEd’s Program for Infant and Toddler Care, PITC). Call toll-free at 1-877-733-1270 for more information.

Arizona Early Intervention Program (AzEIP)
AzEIP provides in home assessment, evaluation, and ongoing services to families with children birth to three, who have developmental delays and/or disabilities.  Services are provided in all regions of Pima and Santa Cruz Counties.

Child Care Food Program (CACFP)
Child Care Food Program (CACFP) Spanish
Family child care providers are reimbursed for nutritious meals served to children in their care. Nutrition training is provided annually. Call toll-free at 1-800-941-3088 for more information.

Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R)
Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) is a FREE statewide program in Arizona that helps families find high quality child care to fit your family's unique needs. CCR&R also provides information about community trainings, resources for child care providers and  statistical data for the early childhood community. For more information, or to receive customized referrals to childcare please call toll free 1-800-308-9000 or direct (520) 325-5778 or visit our website at

DES Child Care Home Recruitment
This program provides training, technical assistance, and professional development for people who want to become certified child care providers in a home setting for the Arizona Department of Economic Security. 

Project BEST
Infant/toddler care givers receive comprehensive training and on-site technical assistance. Training is based on a nationally recognized curriculum. Participants receive financial incentives and college credit (optional) for their attendance and participation.

First Things First M.O.R.E.
Project M.O.R.E. is a recruitment and support program for child care providers. Through this program you have access to financial assistance for business start-up costs, professional and educational opportunities, opportunities to collaborate with other child care providers, and marketing assistance for your business. This program also has benefits for existing providers.

Quality First!
This is Arizona’s voluntary quality improvement rating system for early care and education programs serving children birth through age 5. Child care centers and home providers can apply for the program. If accepted, they will receive financial incentives, professional development, access to child care health consultants, and coaching.

Happy Hours
Our School-Age Services offer high quality out-of-school time programs for children aged 5 to 12. Happy Hours is a before-and-after school program offering a variety of creative, recreational and physical activities, as well as enrichment and homework opportunities. Happy Hours Summer Enrichment is an all-inclusive summer program with weekly classes and field trips. All sites care for children with special needs and offer a sliding fee scale, sibling discounts, and accept DES child care subsidies. For more information, please visit

Tucson Nursery School (TNS)
Tucson Nursery School (TNS) was founded in 1946 and is a licensed, high quality, non-profit preschool and child care center located in the Pueblo Gardens/Vistas neighborhood. TNS is open Monday-Friday, 6:30am-6:00pm, serving children ages 6 weeks to 10 years. Full and half day programs are available, including flexible schedules ranging from 2-5 days.  Nutritious meals  and snacks are provided.  For more information, call 792-0114.

Family and Youth Programs:

The Grrrls Project
A program for girls aged 12-14 residing in Pima County.  Participants learn about themselves and others, and are empowered to be healthy and successful women in today’s society.  The program is offered at specific schools and community locations in Pima County.

Mentors for Moms
Tucson Mentors for Moms partners with the Teenage Parent Program (TAPP), the alternative high school for teen parents in TUSD and PPEP TEC Charter High School.  Young mothers who choose to participate are matched with UA students who support them in completing high school and transitioning to college or vocational programs. Specific services that mentors provide include academic tutoring, career planning, job search skills, and assistance with applying for financial aid and admission to a post-secondary school.

Arizona Early Intervention Program (AZEIP)
Family Support Specialists visit families with children aged 3 and under who have developmental delays. Eligible children must be referred through the Division of Developmental Disabilities. Family Support Specialists develop relationships with each child and help promote appropriate development. Parents learn the best ways to support their child’s abilities.

Healthy Families
Healthy Families Spanish
Provides knowledge, resources, and a support network to strengthen family relationships. Participation may start during pregnancy, and families must enroll before the child is three months old. Parents learn about healthy child development and age appropriate expectations. Workshops and in-home visits encourage healthy attitudes and positive parenting techniques.

Youth Empowered for Success (YES)
Youth Empowered for Success (YES) is an initiative in Pima County over the past ten years  that mobilizes the power of youth to create conditions for success in schools and communities.  YES involves teams from area high schools in a leadership effort that benefits schools  and neighborhoods by raising youth voices in messages about community, healthy living, achievement and striving for an alcohol and drug free teen life.

An annual Teen Institute brings the youth together for a six-day, summer training around these topics: Resiliency, leadership, decision making, avoiding peer pressure, breaking down social and racial barriers, self efficacy (belief in self), community participation, risks and harm of alcohol and drugs on youth.

Pre-Adolescent Diversion Project (PADP)
This program provides workshops for court referred, juvenile offenders, aged 8 to 14, and their families. It’s designed to help juveniles make better choices, so that they will not return to the criminal justice system in the future. In the workshops, youth and their families explore alternative ways to resolve conflict, manage anger, resist peer pressure, solve problems, communicate more clearly, and manage challenging behaviors. Youth may also complete community service.