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Hi, we're Candelen. It's nice to meet you.

You might know us as the Association for Supportive Child Care, but as of July 1, 2021, we completed our long-awaited transition to Candelen. We're excited to continue helping kids shine their brightest as a modernized organization.

Igniting Bright Futures

Candelen joins with families, communities and systems to illuminate the inherent potential of children to shine their brightest. Our early childhood experts offer educational programs, supportive services and helpful tools for parents, caregivers, decision makers and educators to collectively and holistically advance our mission. Our perpetual focus on innovation, iteration and collaboration models the responsive agility we press for in the communities we serve to meet children and families where they are with what they need to thrive.

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There’s a challenge

  • 29% of young kids
    in Arizona live in poverty
  • More than 50%
    of low-income kids are not prepared for kindergarten
  • The majority of kids
    that start behind, stay behind
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In the last year:

  • 45,922
    children served
  • 1,152
    parents & caregivers supported
  • 5,219
    educators assisted
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Early Childhood Education support


Early education is always a sound investment. For every $1 spent on early childhood, the community sees a $16 return through increased graduation rates, higher wages, and decreased welfare dependence. Your contribution to our essential services brings prosperity back to the community, its children, and residents like you by creating better outcomes for future generations.

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Your time and talents are valuable. Dedicate them to work that strengthens your community by partnering with us to extend the reach of critical early childhood education programs. Explore the many ways you can help kids shine, from one-on-one assistance to group activities.

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Early Childhood care

Candelen is excited to announce the addition of Behavioral Health to our services. Whether you’re looking to grow your parenting skills, receive support through a challenging time, or enhance your overall wellness, our staff have the knowledge and tools to guide you.


Thank you to our friends who love Arizona's children, too: