Center for Strong Families and Thriving Children

Children in Classroom

Our new Strong Families and Thriving Children Center is open and ready to serve our families who need it the most. The center provides food, clothing and resources like literacy, parent workshops and support & readiness tools for our incoming kindergarten students and their parents.

If you are interested in more information please call: (623) 691-1994.

Another important function of our center is Social Emotional Learning (SEL). It has been so long since we have seen your children in our schools and we want to assure you that we are getting ready to be able to support your children with any social emotional needs that they may have. We are working on how to best support your children when we begin distance learning in August so that they may have a successful school year. We are excited to announce that:

  • For the first time every school will have a counselor available for our students
  • Every school counselor will have a website available for your children with social emotional support and activities
  • Your children will be able to schedule an appt with our school counselors through this website
  • We also have social workers that are available to support you and your needs at the Center for Strong Families and Thriving Children. The phone number is: 623-691-1994
  • We also have Melissa Acevedo who is here to support any families struggling with homelessness call her at: 623-691-1984
Other services we provide:
  • A lending library
  • Information regarding the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act
  • “YOU” Your Child’s First Teacher parent workshops
  • Salvation Army Christmas Angels Program (Aug-Sept)
  • St. Mary's Food Bank food pantry (first come, first serve)
  • Community resource referrals (phone contacts) including:
    • Medical
    • Counseling
    • Housing
    • Domestic Violence assistance
    • Financial assistance
    • Food assistance
    • Preschool Child Care
    • After School Activities
Come by and visit us anytime! We are open year round from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday thru Friday. You can find our brochure with all the community resource phone numbers here or feel free to visit us in person! We are located right next to Bret R. Tarver School, our address is 4308 N 51st Ave Suite 103 Phoenix, AZ 85031.

The Cartwright Center for Strong Families and Thriving Children is here to serve you; we hope to see you soon!

Rebecca LeimkuehlerRebecca Leimkuehler
Director of Social Emotional Learning and
Director of the Cartwright Center for Strong Families and Thriving Children

Rebecca Leimkuehler began her SEL journey as the previous Principal of Holiday Park.  She piloted this program at her campus and saw instant positive results.  Many students practiced these strategies at school and at home.  

Melissa AcevedoMelissa Acevedo
Federal Programs Coordinator for
Special Student Populations

Melissa Acevedo she started out at John F. Long School as the administrative specialist in 2015, and now serves as the Federal Programs Coordinator for Special Student Populations. As the Homeless Education and Foster Care liaison, she works to ensure all students have the same opportunities to a high quality education. Melissa is pursuing her master’s in Communication and is an advocate for social justice, fair housing, and undocumented people.
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