Crisis Nursery’s FACES Receives 5-Star Quality First Rating.


PHOENIX, Ariz. (August 22, 2013)- Crisis Nursery announced its FACES Early Childhood Education program received a Highest Quality Rating from Quality First – a signature program of First Things First that partners with child care and preschool providers to improve the quality of early learning across Arizona.

FACES has participated in the Quality First program ( for three years. Out of the 447 child care providers rated on the program’s website, Crisis Nursery’s FACES program is one of fewer than ten programs statewide to be awarded the Highest Quality rating and the only one located in the Central Phoenix regional area.

“The families and children we serve deserve the highest quality, and that is what we are” said Kristin Andrew, director of the FACES program.

Priding itself on a group of highly qualified and passionate staff, FACES endured multiple rounds of evaluation. Staff were interviewed, child interactions were observed, lesson plans, procedures, and policies were evaluated by First Things First.

“The 5 Star Quality First rating positions the FACES program as a leading quality provider of early childhood education in the state of Arizona. Our hope is that it will attract more funders so we can continue to serve the children and families living in our neighborhood”, explains Marsha Porter, Executive Director of Crisis Nursery.

Thanks to a grant from The Bob and Renee Parson’s Foundation, FACES will be opening an additional preschool classroom next month, helping Crisis Nursery to expand their impact.

About Crisis Nursery’s FACES
FACES (Families and Children Experiencing Success) provides comprehensive early childhood development and family support services to high risk pregnant women and families with children from birth to 5 years in Phoenix. The year-round, full day center and home based program at the Virginia G. Piper Child and Family Center serves 99 children from birth to five years old. Low teacher-child ratios and small group sizes ensure that services are individualized and that children have opportunities to form healthy attachments with their teachers. Children receive two meals and two snacks daily to meet their nutritional needs and myriad opportunities to develop the physical, social and emotional skills they will need to succeed in school. Parents are welcome in the classrooms and receive home visits from their child’s teacher to build strong home and classroom connections.
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