Program Corner October 2017

Family Resource Center

The Family Resource Center (FRC) provides early literacy/kindergarten readiness instruction, parent education and other services families need to support their children’s optimal health and development.  Last year, 1,291 individuals received health and wellness checks.  In partnership with the Arizona Diaper Bank, the FRC provided 1,464 packages of emergency diapers.

FRC offers “Giggles, Squiggles, and Squirms,” a fun, interactive early literacy program designed to prepare families for their children’s entrance into kindergarten.

Child Watch is an innovative program that provides a safe environment for children to play and learn while families receive AZCEND services.  Parents must remain on the premises and sign children in and out.  Child Watch served 1,018 children last year and is on course for many more this year.

Each year, AZCEND’s Operation Santa program provides holiday assistance to children throughout the community. This past year, 738 children received toys, books, candy, and more.

Donna Beedle serves as the Family Resource Center Manager. Donna oversees FRC services and programs. Donna is also the primary contact for individual donors and companies who want to adopt a family for Operation Santa.

Yessica Munoz is the Family Resource Center Navigator.  Yessica assists with Operation Santa, administers the diaper bank program and provides case management services to AZCEND families.

Samantha Witter is the Family Resource Coordinator. Samantha coordinates parent/family classes/activities and outreach initiatives including AZCEND’s Advocacy Council. She also assists with Operation Santa and registering families for the program.

Edith Morales and Leslie Peralta serve as Child Watch Monitors. They teach and take care of children in a safe and fun environment while parents receive AZCEND services.