Family Resource Center

From early literacy to fun activities, Family Resource Centers provide a safe, positive environment for children and their parents.

We hope to see you soon!

Family Resource Center


345 S California St, Chandler, AZ 85225



Esmeralda Sanchez, (480) 428-5446, Ext 203,


Monday – Friday, 7:30 am – 4 pm



Family Resource Center


132 W Bruce Avenue, Gilbert, AZ 85233

at The Gilbert Heritage Center


Esmeralda Sanchez, (480) 428-5446, Ext 203,


Monday – Friday, 7:30 am – 4 pm

Giggles, Squiggles and Squirms

Chandler Family Resource Center

This fun, interactive early literacy program prepares children and their families to begin Kindergarten. Children three – five years old learn how to count, recognize letters and sounds, sing, dance and expand their vocabulary while developing social skills, playing and creating memories. Each family is assigned a mentor who works with the parents and children.

Giggles, Squiggles and Squirms is offered August through May.

  • Monday & Wednesday, 9:30-11:30 am
  • Tuesday & Thursday, 9:30-11:30 am
  • Monday & Wednesday, 1:00-3:00 pm
  • Tuesday & Thursday, 1:00-3:00 pm
Family Support & Assistance Program

Chandler & Gilbert

Provides assistance to families in the community with children 0-5 years old. The program will work with families to develop goals and support families in achieving those goals. Provides emergency diapers for families in need with children ages 0 to 5, with a scheduled appointment, resources and referrals, and family support.

Chandler families contact: Jackie Cruz, 480-963-1423 x100,

Gilbert families contact: Esmeralda Sanchez, (480) 428-5446 x203,

Emergency Diaper Assistance is available. Contact

Birthday Cakes

from For Goodness Cakes

A special birthday cake will be baked for children to celebrate their birthdays. Many thanks to For Goodness Cakes, a non-profit organization that has generously partnered with AZCEND to provide the birthday cakes. Requests with allergy restrictions cannot be filled. Please contact us twoweeks before the special day to place your request!

Chandler AZCEND Families– / 480-963-1423 x 100

Gilbert AZCEND Families–

Link to request a cake: For Goodness Cakes Request

Child Watch

Chandler & Gilbert

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


Get help navigating through the Department of Economic Security (DES) and complete applications for SNAP, AHCCCS, cash assistance and other benefits. Contact our Benefits Coordinator Rhyme Montalvo, 480-963-1423 x105.

Community Health Program

The Family Resource Centers host health prevention and awareness classes. We offer support including oral health and fluoride treatments, vision and hearing screenings, blood pressure and other health check-ups as well as mobile onsite medical services. See schedule for dates & locations.

Operation Santa

Each year AZCEND’s Operation Santa program provides holiday assistance to children throughout Chandler and Gilbert.

In 2019, we provided over 600 children with Christmas presents so that families are able to share in the experience of celebrating the holidays.  Operation Santa offers many opportunities to get involved including sponsoring children and families in our Adopt-A-Family program, hosting a new toy and clothing drive, volunteering to pack gift bags and many more.

Operation Santa registration information please contact:

Esmeralda Sanchez,

*Number of gifts provided is determined by donations received and cannot be guaranteed.

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.

For more information, contact Esmeralda Sanchez, (480) 428-5446, Ext 203,