Summer is a Time for Celebration

Summer is a Time for Celebration

Child & Family Resources was excited to celebrate families across the state who successfully graduated from a 3-5 year home-visitation program. Participants of Building Bright Futures and Healthy Families programs across the state commemorated this significant achievement with pomp and circumstance during the months of May and June.

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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.

Congratulations, Graduates

Across the state, we're celebrating the hard work of families in our Healthy Families program. 

Healthy Families Arizona is an accredited, nationally recognized home visitation program. It is a free and voluntary program designed to provide child development information, parenting skills and family enhancement weekly in families in their homes during pregnancy and after the baby is born.

The home visitors, known as Family Support Specialists, are caring, skilled and knowledgeable. They are dedicated to serving families and are experts in creating relationships that promote confidence and personal growth. 

We focus on the power of parenting to enhance the lives of children and their families.

When our families graduate out of the program, somewhere around 3 years old, we celebrate the foundation work the family has done to prepare their child for life-long success. Please enjoy the great celebrations from across the state! 

Pinal County 

Pinal County celebrated 9 families this year! 

Pima County 

Pima County celebrated 28 families! They worked hard for many years; we're proud of the good work they've done. 

Families work very hard for years. Congrats to them, their hard work, and the staff who have made such a difference!

Don't just take our word for it -- enjoy this short video where families share their experiences with Healthy Families. 

Congrats MCAP Grads!

More than 100 friends, family, and supporters all came together on the evening of Thursday, June 23rd to celebrate the 2016 graduating class of the Maricopa Center for Adolescent Parents (MCAP), a program of Child & Family Resources. Held at Bethany Bible Church in Phoenix, the event celebrated the achievements of 15 young moms who showed courage and determination in completing their high-school education, learning life skills and healthy parenting skills, and preparing for college and career.

Interim Program Director Wendy Puga welcomed guests to the special occasion and introduced former MCAP Program Director Joy Leveen to take the stage. In candid and sometimes humorous fashion, Joy confessed that she had no grand words of wisdom to impart on the graduates – rather that they were already an inspiration to so many, and for them to never give up on their goals. 

One by one, a handful of students took to the stage to share how much the MCAP program had meant to them, but each choked back tears, barely getting a few words out. Their deep gratitude and sincerity could be felt throughout the room. With more heartfelt remarks by Jocelyn Dustan, MCAP’s Instructor, and Tabitha Fisher, Director of MCAP’s Early Learning Center, the ceremony finished strong with the moving of the tassels and roaring applause.

Congrats to this year's graduates

Denisse Acosta
Emeli Bautista
Destiny Branch
Kristal Casas
Jessica Castillo

Jocelyn Castillo
Kaylanna Etsitty
Keniarely Gamez
Marisol Garcia
Erica Higgins

Arlin Lepe
Cristina Lopez
Breanna Skenandore
Esperanza Traslavina
Marisol Valencia

Thank you

The special evening wouldn’t have been possible without the generous sponsorship of Fry’s Food Stores and the donation of photography by Jim and Elena Thornton.

We’d also like to recognize the valuable support of the many corporations and individuals who have helped the MCAP Program change young lives for over 22 years. They include APS, the Helena Harvey Endowment via Arizona Community Foundation, Maine Community Foundation, TJX Foundation, Walmart, IntelDiamondbacks Charities, Valley Anesthesiology Foundation, Phoenix Rotary 100, National Association of Women Business Owners Phoenix Chapter, Women’s Enterprise FoundationFirst Things First, Thunderbirds Charities, City of Phoenix Community Development Block Grant, and the Arizona Child Abuse Prevention License Plate Fund.

Congrats to our 2016 Project BEST Grads

We are so proud to celebrate Project BEST graduates! On Tuesday, May 17, 2016, the Brictha and Child & Family Resources cohorts gathered for a small ceremony to showcase their student projects and honor a year of hard work.

At Project BEST, students who are already working in the child care profession spend a year doing college-level coursework, and individualized coaching. They are going above and beyond to learn more about how to meet the fundamental needs of infants and toddlers in group care settings through six essential program policies: primary care; small groups; continuity of care; individualized schedules and routines; inclusion; and cultural sensitivity and responsiveness. 

The ceremony included Speakers Naomi Karp, Great Expectations for Teachers, Children, Families and Communities as well as Keynote speaker, Judy Jablon, Author & National Speaker.

Here are our 2016 Graduates:

Brictha Cohort

  • Bina Alam
  • Rita Alegria
  • Jamie Caruth
  • Lucy Mendez
  • Mireya Santibanez

Child & Family Resources Cohort

  • Ana Luisa Arvizu
  • Kimberly Carlson
  • Francisca “Liz” Casanova
  • Gloria de los Rios
  • Cassandra Fernandez
  • Patricia Grogan
  • Cindy Miller
  • Paula Lopez
  • Margot Sandoval
  • Maria Valenzuela

We would like to thank Naomi Karp and Heidi Elizondo from United Way for continuing to believe in the changes that Project BEST is creating in the early childhood community; Judy Jablon for take time to speak to our graduates; Amber Jones, Early Education Consultant, for her work on the grant this year; Tiffany Simon for being overall amazing, and particularly helpful on graduation day; and Diane Fellows and Connie Espinoza for their continued support of Project BEST.