Family Resource Center

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From early literacy to fun activities, the Family Resource Center provides a safe, positive environment for family development.

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For more information about current Family Resource Center programs, download the FRC Calendar here.

Giggles, Squiggles, and Squirms

This fun, interactive early literacy program is designed to prepare families for their children’s entrance into kindergarten. Each family is assigned a mentor that works directly with the parents and children. Children ages 3-5 learn how to count, recognize letters and sounds, sing and dance and expand their vocabulary, while developing social skills, playing and creating memories.

Monday/Wednesday AM- 9:30-11:30 AM
Tuesday/Thursday AM- 9:30-11:30 AM
Monday/Thursday PM- 1:00-3:00 PM

345 S. California St
Chandler, AZ 85225

Child Watch

Child Watch provides a safe environment for children while their parents participate in AZCEND programs. Child Watch is open during most class times, food bank hours, and during appointments. Parents must remain on the premises while their child is in the program and sign them in and out.

Benefits Connection

Meet with a Benefits Coordinator to help you navigate through the DES system with dignity by assisting you with applications for SNAP, AHCCCS, cash assistance, and other benefits, reducing the stress of waiting in long lines.

Community Health Program

The FRC hosts health prevention and awareness classes, and offers support including oral health and fluoride treatments, vision and hearing screenings, blood pressure and other health check ups, and mobile onsite medical services.

Operation Santa

Each year AZCEND’s Operation Santa program provides holiday assistance to children throughout the community. This year, we provided over 738 children with a minimum of four gifts each, empowering families during the holidays who may have otherwise not shared this experience. Through Operation Santa, there are many opportunities to get involved, including participating in our Adopt-A-Family program, hosting a new toy and clothing drive, volunteering to pack gift bags and more.

Operation Santa Registration:

          Date                                  *Chandler Location:              *Gilbert Community Center:

Tuesday, October 17th                        4pm- 7:30pm                                         8am- 10am

Wednesday, October 18th                 11am- 2pm

Thursday, October 19th                     4pm- 7:30pm                                         10am- 2pm

Friday, October 20th                          10am- 1pm                                              8am- 10am

Saturday, October 21st                       9am- 12pm

Monday, October 23nd                      9am- 12pm

Tuesday, October 24th                      4pm- 7:30pm

*Chandler Location: 345 S California St, Chandler, AZ 85225

*Gilbert Community Center: 130 N Oak St, Gilbert, AZ 85233

Deadline for registration:   October 31, 2017

Operation Back to School

Operation Back to School provides children with school supplies, including backpacks, shoes, socks, underwear and uniforms. AZCEND reaches out to donors and volunteers to be part of this collaborative initiative and serves as a donation site.

There are many opportunities to be involved, including sponsorship, hosting a drive at work, making a financial contribution, donating supplies or volunteering. Information about how to get involved is available online at, including a list of supplies needed for various grade levels ranging from preschool to high school.

Please be on the look out for the 2017 donation dates!