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The Pendergast Family Resource Center housed in the PESD Community Center at 10550 W Mariposa Street is now offering in-person classes for children aged birth to five and their adult. We also continue to offer some virtual classes and events.  Registration is required for all activities in order for us to maintain small class sizes to observe safety measures. Please see class descriptions below, use our monthly activity calendar with links to register, or call the center at 623-772-2339.  We are happy to help you!  Staff are also on-site and available to meet with families by appointment to provide referrals to community resources. Please call the center to make an appointment.

The Pendergast Elementary School District, through a partnership with First Thing First, has developed the Pendergast Family Resource Center providing quality, comprehensive, diverse and streamlined services centered on a holistic view of early childhood education with neighborhood outreach as a core component. The services offered create a unique collaboration between the educational environment, families and communities combined with staffing support from caring, knowledgeable professionals. Pendergast Family Resource Center is here to help you find community resources and information. All services provided by the Pendergast Family Resource Center are offered at no cost.



Virtual Activity Calendar / Enlace de Calendario Virtual: September | October


In-Person Classes - Storytime & Craft

Hear a new story, sing songs, learn new finger plays, and learn about extension activities to support school readiness through arts and crafts.   Complete the registration form, and we'll connect to confirm your registration.  Be ready to have fun all while building early literacy skills.  Registration is required.  This class is recommended for children ages 3 - 5 years old.


In-Person Class:  AZ Science Center Preschool Science on Wheels Class “Scribble Bots”

This in-person class facilitated by the AZ Science Center staff at the Pendergast Community Center.  A PFRC staff member will contact you with more details following registration.  Limited to 10 families to practice CDC Safety Recommendations.  Children must be 3 - 5 years old to participate.  Siblings up to age 8 are welcome to attend along with a parent/caregiver. Please note:  AZ Science Center requires all class participants to wear face masks, ages 3 and up.


Virtual Class:  Mini Music Makers virtual class facilitated by Katie Palmer from The Phoenix Museum of Musical Instruments

Introduce your child to the wonderful world of music through MIM’s early childhood music and movement courses. Explore music from around the globe while singing, dancing, and playing instruments. Motor, pre-language, and musical skills are developed simultaneously, while children and caregivers actively participate in the music making.

In-Person Classes:  Music & Movement

Connect with other families, move to fun songs, learn about colors and numbers by joining us to Music & Movement.  Complete the registration form, and we’ll email a Zoom link to you the week of the class.  Be sure to dress comfortably so you can move and groove to the music!  Space is limited and registration is required.


In-Person Class - Little Artists

To quote Pablo Picasso, “Every Child Is An Artist!” This class focuses on the process of art. Children will experience art through the use of different mediums. Every creation will be unique to each child. Hear a new story, sing songs, learn new finger plays, and do a little process art. Complete the registration form, and we'll text you confirmation of your registration. Be ready to have fun all while building early literacy, fine motor skills, and social emotional development. Registration is required. Class size is limited to 8-10 families.


In-Person Class:  Storytime Yoga for Families

Join us to learn some basic Yoga moves to do with your children. Yoga is a great way to help children deal with stressful moments by connecting them to calming experiences. We want this class to remain small so everyone can see each other and have a chance to connect. Please complete the registration form, and we'll email a Zoom link the week of the class. Be sure to dress comfortably.  We encourage you to share this activity with your child.  Space is limited and registration is required.


Virtual Parent Workshop:  Common Sense Media Early Childhood Parent Workshop:  Family Media Choices

Are you wondering if your child may be spending too much time in front of a screen?  Do you want to make sure what your child is doing online is good quality?  Do you want to make sure your child is safe online?  If you answered “YES” to any of these questions, then this workshop is for you!  Our partner, Common Sense Media, has asked us to pilot their new Early Childhood parent workshop, "Family Media Choices" to support families of children aged birth to 8.  Please complete this registration form to participate in this free workshop. The link to the Zoom meeting will be shared with you prior to the workshop.


In-Person Class:  “Playdough Power” 

Sensory experiences are important for young children. Sensory play supports language development, cognitive growth, fine and gross motor skills, problem solving skills, and social interaction.  Save the date:  Thursday, October 14, 10:30 - 11:00 am for 30 minutes of playdough fun! In order to keep class sizes small to be able to socially distance according to CDC Safety Guidelines, we will be limiting this class to 10 families.  Registration is required.  We will send you a text message to confirm your registration.


Virtual Class: Family Literacy Night:  “Monsters LOVE to Read!”

Join a fun hour-and-a-half of family literacy from 5 - 6:30 pm on Thursday, October 28.  This will be a virtual event using the Zoom platform.  Registered families will receive a book bag with books and craft materials for the event.  The PFRC staff will have a Drive-through distribution of materials  on Monday, October 25 from 9:00 - 10:00 AM at the Pendergast Community Center. Registration is required.  PFRC staff will connect to confirm registration and provide the Zoom link the week of the event.


In-Person Class: Phoenix Zoo is bringing an in person class to our families, “Animal Kingdom”

This class will be limited to 10 families to follow CDC Safety Recommendations.  It is appropriate for 3 - 5 year olds and their parent/caregiver. Please note:  Phoenix Zoo requires all class participants to wear face masks, ages 3 and up.


The Pendergast Family Resource Center is a family-centered, comprehensive, collaborative and high quality outreach program that supports the development, health and education of all Pendergast Elementary School District families and the surrounding community with a focus on families with children birth to age five.


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Pendergast Community Center Suite #2
10550 W. Mariposa St.
Phoenix, Arizona 85037
Phone: (623) 772-2339
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