Arizona Kith and Kin Project  Strengthening family, friend and neighbor child care.

Training and support for kith and kin child care providers.

The Arizona Kith and Kin Project improves the quality of care provided by "kith and kin" (family, friend and neighbor) child care providers.

Kith and kin providers care for the children of friends and family members and are, for the most part, unregulated.

The Arizona Kith and Kin Project is funded by First Things First and the Valley of the Sun United Way.

Kith and Kin Project History

Recent national and local research has shown that kith and kin providers, particularly in low-income communities, care for more than 50 percent of children with working parents. Many families prefer this form of care due to cultural and language considerations. Yet, there is little support or training available to these child care providers.

In response, ASCC developed the "Arizona Kith and Kin Project" in March of 1999. ASCC, along with a coalition of organizations, developed the project to strengthen the quality and reliability of kith and kin child care in Arizona.


The Arizona Kith and Kin Project delivers 14 week long training-support group sessions that meet once each week for a minimum of two (2) hours.

The Arizona Kith and Kin Project:

  • Provides early childhood training and support to kith and kin child care providers
  • Increase participants' knowledge of the elements of quality child care
  • Increases participants’ understanding of ways to challenge and stimulate young children


Subjects covered in each 14-week session include:

  • Guidance and Discipline
  • Daily Schedule Planning
  • Nutrition
  • Child Passenger Safety
  • Pediatric First Aid, CPR and AED Certification
  • Home Safety
  • Parent/Caregiver Relationships (including business practices)
  • Language and Literacy (including a Reading Is Fundamental book event and distribution)
  • Brain Development

Additional topics and speakers are presented based on the individual needs and requests of the group and need for specialized training.


  • Each support/training meeting is two (2) hours in length
  • Each group meets once a week for fourteen (14) weeks
  • Six (6) people minimum to start a group
  • Twenty people in each group (maximum)


The Arizona Kith and Kin Project is open to kith and kin (family, friend and neighbor) providers that are providing child care to young children. This often includes Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, neighbors and other friends.

Community Partners

ASCC collaborates with community organizations such as Head Starts, resource centers, faith based organizations, schools, and other non-profits to identify, recruit and deliver project services.

The Arizona Kith and Kin Project includes more than 60 community partnerships that enable the program to deliver more than 100 training-support groups. These community organizations are located within the areas served. The Arizona Kith and Kith project provides services in the following areas:

  • Maricopa County
    (Central, South, North Phoenix and Southeast Maricopa Regions, Glendale, Scottsdale, Chandler and Tonopah)
  • Yuma County
  • Pima County
    (South and Central Pima Region)
  • La Paz/Mohave Region
  • Coconino Region
  • Yavapai Region
  • Gila River Indian Community Region

Need Assistance?

For more information about the Kith and Kin Project, please contact:

 480-829-0500 x1126 (Maricopa County)

 800-535-4599 x1126 (Toll Free)

 FAX: 480-820-7288



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