- First Place School for students in primary education
- Doreen Cato Early Learning Center for students three to five years old
Our educational programs are tuition-free or deeply discounted for qualifying families.
The First Place Housing Program provides on-site housing at Imani Village and provides housing vouchers and counseling to families. The First Place organization was founded in 1989 by a small group of educators and social workers who saw that homeless children were not in school and decided to do something about it. First Place began operating on April 10, 1989 as a transitional school for homeless children and, by the end of the first week of school, 20 children were enrolled.
SMALL CLASSES, BENCHMARKED PROGRESS, NURTURING, AND PERSONALIZED INSTRUCTION ACCELERATE STUDENT LEARNING.
FAMILY SUPPORTS BUILD STABILITY
IN FIVE AREAS:
- EDUCATION AND TRAINING,
- HEALTH CARE,
- JOB READINESS,
- LIFE SKILLS.
CHILDREN AT FIRST PLACE RECEIVE THREE MEALS DAILY, TRANSPORTATION, ON-SITE NURSING, ON-SITE COUNSELING, AND OTHER ESSENTIALS THAT MAKE LEARNING POSSIBLE – EVEN DURING TIMES OF TRAUMA AND TRANSITION.