A Place to Belong
The mission of Payson Community Kids is to promote healthy growth and development for Payson's children, encouraging positive participation in the community. The program provides assistance with basic material needs like clothing, healthy food, and school supplies. The children also benefit from positive social interaction and educational activities which encourages the development of positive self-esteem and stronger academic success.
(Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30pm-5:00pm) Students receive a snack when they arrive. Afterwards, students must complete their homework before they can participate in the activities of the day.
Activities may include: art projects, reading, team-building exercises, birthday activities, playing outside, and guest speakers.
The Rim Country Literacy Program and Payson Community Kids work together to provide a reading program for the children of PCK. In addition to the regularly scheduled Wednesday afternoon reading session, a "Reading Program" is now included in the Tuesday and Thursday After-School Program. The program uses the online reading application RazKids, and has resulted in the children reading dozens of books per month.
Thank you, Rim Country Literacy Program!
For those who qualify
We look forward to meeting you and your child!
All children must be registered before they can attend the program.
There are many ways to help:
Wednesdays from 1:15pm-3:30pm
Read with children.
Tuesday-Thursday from 1:15pm-2:15pm
Help children sign-in and provide them a snack.
Tuesday and Thursday from 2:30pm-3:30pm
Assist students with homework.
Support the After-School Program's activities.
Prepare and/or serve meals and treats.
Work with the Board to help with fundraising opportunities.
Payson Community Kids is a qualified 501(c)3 charity that provides assistance to economically disadvantaged children. All donations go directly towards maintaining the services we provide to over 350 children. The Board of Directors and organizational staff that oversee daily operations consist of volunteers only.
By Check: Mail to our secure post office box at: PO Box 1856 Payson, AZ 85547
In-Kind Donations: Donating supplies is always welcome (e.g. school supplies, snacks, art supplies, books, etc.). Donations can be brought directly to the center. If you have any questions on needed supplies, please call or email.
Online: Online donations are accepted via Paypal. Donations through Paypal are secure and all major card associations are accepted. Please use the button below to donate.
Remember, donations to qualified charitable organizations can be claimed on your Arizona tax return. The Arizona Charitable Tax Credit allows households to reduce their tax liability by $400 for single filers and $800 for married.
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