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    Here are some possible child care resources to utilize during school closures during the teacher walkouts. Please contact the resources directly for additional information, including registration requirements.

  1. Arizona Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs will be open from 8:00 am until 6:00 pm starting Thursday, 4/26/2018. Space is limited at each location and club members will be given priority, but non-members can pay $20 per day if there are any openings. The clubs serve youth from kindergarten through high school. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Website
  2. Valley of the Sun YMCA will have many sites available as care centers. Registration fees range from $30 to $70 (depending on location and membership). Parents need to pack a non-perishable lunch for their children and the YMCA will provide a morning and afternoon snack. Website
  3. The Salvation Army’s Ray & Joan Kroc Center can provide child care for up to 100 children between the ages of 5 and 12. They will be open 7:00 am until 6:00 pm. The daily cost of $25 per child (no member discounts) includes 2 meals and snacks. Website
  4. The Children’s Museum of Phoenix will offer reduced admission rates ($9 instead of $12) and day camps ($50 which includes camp t-shirt) for children 5 to 8 years old. The museum is usually closed on Mondays but will be open if schools remain closed. Website
  5. The Arizona Humane Society will be having day camps for children between the ages of 6 and 12 from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm ($10 for after-care until 5:30 pm). Cost is $50 and parents are asked to pack lunches and snacks for their children. Website
  6. The Arizona Animal Welfare League will be having day camps for children between 1 st and 8 th grades from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm. The cost is $55 and before- and after-care is available from 7:30 am until 5:30 pm for an addition $10. Parents are asked to pack lunches and snacks for their children. Website
  7. Arizona Science Center will be having STEAM camps for children grades kindergarten through 5 th from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm. The cost is $40 and before- and after-care is available from 7:30 am until 6:00 pm for an additional $15. Website
  8. Surprise’s Community and Recreation Services Department will have a recreational day camp at the Sierra Montana Recreation Center for children grades kindergarten through 9 th from 6:30 am until 6:00 pm. The cost is $35. Website
  9. The Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff is offering a free kids day camp for children in 1 st through 6 th grades. Website
  10. Mountain Park Church in Chandler will provide a camp on 4/26 and 4/27 (if needed) from 7:15 am until 3:00 pm for single parents and families where both parents must work. The camp is for elementary age students only and pre- registration is required. Website
  11. The Springs Church in Chandler is looking into providing child care during school hours. Website
  12. Reveal Church in El Mirage will have free child care for kindergarten through 4 th grades from 8:30 am until 3:00 pm. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Website
  13. Valley Life Church in Phoenix will have free child care for 100 children in kindergarten through 5 th grades. They are asking parents to send their children with snacks and lunch if possible, but will provide lunches for children whose parents are unable to send food. Website
  14. Tempe Community Christian Church will be open from 6:00 am until 6:00 pm and will provide free child care. They will have breakfast, lunch and a bagged meal to take home if needed and will have arts/crafts supplies, an outside patio, and kids videos/movies in Daley Park. Website
  15. City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Community Centers will have extended hours at 24 of their locations on 4/26 and 4/27. Their hours will be from 7:00 am until 7:00 pm for children ages 6 to 17. No formal programming is planned, but there will be non-structured activities such as board games, sports, arts and crafts, and movies may be available. Website
  16. The Challenger Space Center of Arizona will have activities for children in grades kindergarten through 8th grade on 4/26 and 4/27 from 7:00 am until 5:00 pm for $10. Pizza will be provided but children can bring a non-perishable lunch. Website
  17. The Phoenix Herpetological Society will have a reptiles day camp for children ages 9-12 on 4/26 and 4/27 from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm for $50 with extended care available from 8:00 am until 9:00 am or 4:00 pm to 4:00 pm for an addition $15 per hour. Children need to bring their own lunch but water and snacks will be provided. Website
  18. Skateland in Chandler and Mesa and Great Skate in Glendale will host a kid's camp for children pm 4/26 from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm for $25; extended stay is available from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm for an additional $10. Includes breakfast, lunch, snacks, skating, games, crafts, and activities. Call (480) 917-9444 to register.
  19. The City of Peoria will have 3 sites (Peoria Sports Complex, Rio Vista Recreation Center, and Community Center) open from 6:00 am until 6:00 pm for $25 per day. Registration is required; there is limited space and priority will be given to children already registered with AM/PM programs. Call (623) 773-7137 to ask about availability.
  20. City of Tempe Kids Zone will have day camps from 6:00 am until 6:30 pm for $25 per day at Broadmor Elementary, Rover Elementary, Fuller Elementary, and Waggoner Elementary. Camps are limited to 200 children and will be on a first come, first served basis. Those already enrolled in KidZone can register online, www.kidzonelogin.com. Those who do not have a Kid Zone account must register in person at Edna Vihel Arts Center (3340 S. Rural Road) by Wednesday, April 25 between 8:30 am and 5 pm. Broadmor, Rover, and Fuller will provide breakfast and lunch. Waggoner will provide morning and afternoon snacks and children must bring their own lunch.
  21. City of Tempe North Tempe Multi-Generational Center will be open on 4/26 and 4/27 from 8:00 am until 8:00 pm for drop-in programming. Parents will have to create a free membership. The center will be limited to 60 participants. Call (480) 858-6500 to register.
  22. City of Tempe Escalante Community Center will be open on 4/26 and 4/27 from 8:00 am until 8:00 pm for drop-in programming for children 6-17 years old. Parents will have to create a free membership. Call (480) 350-5800 to register.
  23. Click here to view The Children’s Action Alliance’s up-to- date list of these resources and more.
  24. Mesa Public Schools and the City of Mesa are collaborating to have 4 community centers (Webster Recreation Center, Jefferson Recreation Center, Eagles Community Center, and Broadway Recreation Center) open from 7:30 am until 5:30 pm to provide free, supervised activities for children from kindergarten through 6th grades. Free breakfast and lunch will be provided. Availability is on a first come, first served basis and parents will need to show identification when they sign their children in and out each day. Children need to wear closed-toe shoes. You can expedite the drop-off process by printing and completing the registration form by clicking here. Website
  25. Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics & Dance Center will have supervised, themed activities on 4/26 at their Phoenix and Arcadia locations for children ages 3 to 13. Activities include gymnastics, a foam pit, trampolines, bounce house, obstacle courses, and organized games. Cost is $57-$78. Website
  26. AZ on the Rocks in Scottsdale will have a day camp from 7:45 am until 3:15 pm for $50 for children in 1st through 8th grades. Website
  27. Baker Performing Arts in Gilbert has a day camp on 4/26 for children 5 to 14 years old from 6:00 am until 6:00 pm for $25. Children can purchase a Johnny Rockets kids lunch for an additional $5. Activities will include singing, acting, games, and more. Website
  28. Childsplay Theatre Academy in Tempe will have Story Voyages Drama Workshops for children ages 6 to 12 from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm for $40. Extended care from 7:30 am until 5:30 pm is available for an additional $10. Website
  29. Engineering for Kids’ STEM program has a “SOS” camp from 8:30 am until 3:30 pm on 4/26 and 4/27. Program includes fun park activities during breaks and lunch at Sky Zone Trampoline Park in Peoria, Kids that Rip in Mesa, and Urban Air Adventure Park in Phoenix. Website
  30. Flip Dunk Sports in Phoenix has daylong camps for children ages 5 and up from 8:45 am until 4:00 pm for $55 ($35 for half days). Older kids can play at Flip Dunk for a discounted rate of $6 per hour. Website
  31. Greasepaint Youtheatre in Scottsdale has a free day of singing, dancing, and games on 4/26 from 8:30 am until 3:00 pm for children ages 6 to 13. Website
  32. i.d.e.a. Museum in Mesa has Sonoran Safari Day Camps on 4/26 and 4/27 from 8:30 am until noon or 4:00 pm for children ages 5 to 12 for $12-$30. Website
  33. Impact Gymnastics in Phoenix is offering camps on 4/26 and 4/27 from 8:00 am until noon or 3:00 pm for $50-$80. Activities include gymnastics, group games, and team building. Website
  34. KidsPark, a drop-in daycare facility in Peoria and north Phoenix for children ages 2 to 12 is open days, nights, and weekends and charges $8-$9 per hour for one child with discounts for siblings. Website
  35. Makutu’s Island in Chandler will have a Special Day Camp on 4/26 from 7:00 am to 6:30 pm for $50 for children ages 5 to 12. Activities include play time, arts and crafts, science, math, music, and movement. Website
  36. More than Modeling is offering free classes on 4/26 and 4/27 from7:30 am until 5:30 pm for children ages 5 to 15; space is limited. Contact Erika at (480) 442-9833 for more information.
  37. Rachel’s Young at Art Studio in Scottsdale is offering games, dramatic play, storytime, and instructor-led projects for children ages 3 to 9. Camps will be from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm or 3:00 pm for $44-$56. Website
  38. Sylvan Learning in Glendale and Phoenix will have academic childcare on 4/26 and 4/27 from 8:00 am until 3:00 pm, with drop off at 7:45 am. Cost is $45 per day and parents will need to send their child with a sack lunch. Call ahead to reserve: (602) 548-2600.

    For children who rely on meal-assistance programs, please contact your local school and/or school district to see if they have made alternate arrangements for meals.

  1. The Association for Arizona Food Banks can be contacted at (602) 528-3434 or you can check out their website at www.azfoodbanks.org