Children & Family Services
Ninety percent of a child’s brain develops during the first five years. Studies show that children exposed to high quality early childhood experiences develop stronger language, math and social skills. Children & Family Services helps parents build a strong foundation for their children, helping to ensure they are ready for school and ready for life.
Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest Family Resource Centers, in partnership with First Things First, provide families with children birth to 5 years old activities which include developmental playgroups, parenting classes and assistance to locate information and community resources. Families have access to knowledge, resources and supports that will help their children be school ready in order to reach their full potential. This partnership with First Things First is with the Phoenix North and Southeast Maricopa Regional Councils.
Family HOMES (Foster Care) brings children and children and adults with development disabilities home to a place where emotional and physical needs can be met with love. Click here for more information.
Family SPOT Resource Centers
Family SPOT Resource Centers, in partnership with First Things First, provide families with children birth to five years old access to information and links to the resources they need to be confident and capable in their ability to support their child’s safety, health and overall well-being.
For assistance with completing SNAP or AHCCCS applications, clients can contact the center nearest them. Each center has a certified assistor that is trained and available to help.
Locations and contact information
Jannelle Radoccia: Children & Family Services Regional Director, firstname.lastname@example.org, 480-396-3795
East Mesa: 612 S. Ellsworth, Mesa, AZ 85208, email@example.com, (480)-489-5773
West Mesa: 142 N. Date St., Mesa, AZ 85201, firstname.lastname@example.org, (480)-489-5772
Gilbert: 1159 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert, AZ 85234, email@example.com, (480)-489-5771
East Phoenix: 3546 E. Thomas Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85018, firstname.lastname@example.org, (602)-526-5830
Central Phoenix: 1500 W. Maryland, Phoenix, AZ 85015, email@example.com, (602)-501-8840
Sunnyslope: 9424 N. 7th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85021, firstname.lastname@example.org, (602)-526-5829
Strong Parents Academy
Located at all centers shown above
Strong Parents Academy teaches parents of children ages 0-5 skills needed to support their children as they grow and thrive. Participants will enhance their capacity and confidence in their ability to support their child’s safety, health and well-being. Class topics include child development, discipline, safety, nutrition and much more.
If you are interested in Strong Parents Academy, contact any of the centers nearest you.
Protective factors are conditions or attributes in individuals, families and communities, that when present, eliminate risk and increase the overall well-being of children. Protective factors help parents to find resources, supports or coping strategies that allow them to parent effectively. Children & Family Services provides families access to information and links to the resources they need to be confident and capable in their ability to support their child’s safety, health and development. We understand parenting is part natural and part learned, and that we all need help sometimes. Through our Play SPOTs, parenting workshops and community resources we provide concrete support in times of need, social connections and information about children’s development.
Family Resource Network Link
The family resource centers in the First Things First Family Resource Network give parents and caregivers the tools they need to support the learning and healthy development of their young children. To find a family resource center near you visit www.familyresourceaz.org.
Play groups facilitated by trained staff and volunteers offer ideas for adults to weave play and learning together. Play groups last about 90 minutes.
- Interactive Songs
- Hands-on Activities for Parents and Children 0-5
- Take Home Activitie
If you have any questions please contact 602-501-8840 or 480-489-5774. To volunteer for a Play SPOT, contact Abril Coronel at email@example.com or 480-528-0013.
1825 W. Union Hills Dr., Phoenix, AZ 85027
12:15 pm- 1:15pm
1st and 3rd Wednesday
Acacia Branch Library
750 E. Townley Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85020
2nd and 4th Friday
Queen Creek Library
21802 S. Ellsworth Rd. Queen Creek, AZ 85142
1st and 3rd Wednesday
Mesa Express Library
2055 S. Power Rd Ste. 1031, Mesa AZ 85209
2nd and 4th Fridays
Southeast Regional Library
775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert, AZ 85234
1st Saturday &
4525 E. Paradise Village, Phoenix, AZ 85032
2nd and 4th Wednesday
Cholla Branch Library
10050 N. Metro Pkwy E., Phoenix, AZ 85051
1st and 3rd Tuesday
Mesa Main Library
64 E. 1st St., Mesa, AZ 85201
1st and 3rd Friday
Spectrum Community Center
2928 S. Spectrum Way, Gilbert, AZ 85295
1st and 3rd Tuesday
Power Ranch Carriage House
4546 E. Haven Crest Dr., Gilbert, AZ 85297
10:45am – 12:15pm