“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
- Nelson Mandela

Education is the foundation upon which we live our lives. There is no evidence that having a good education guarantees a high quality of life. Never the less, there is strong evidence that having little or no education limits the opportunities that enable one to enjoy a high quality of life. Education not only impacts the individual but society at large. When a community invests in quality education, they’re investing their future quality.

Education, which includes teaching, guiding, supporting, encouraging, and acknowledging all children, youth, and adults, must be provided to all regardless of economic and social status, ethnicity, creed, age, and gender.

CPLC employs diverse methods of education methods in order to meet each person’s unique needs and provide them with the skills necessary for success. This includes:

  • Integrating classroom instruction through traditional and nontraditional education systems with prevention services aimed at providing strong and constant reinforcement.
  • Merging parenting skills training and scholarship programs.
  • Integration of mentoring programs.
  • School enrichment programs.
  • Community involvement; and/or incorporation of some or all these fundamentals.

CPLC’s goal is to afford every child and adult the opportunity to achieve a quality education. In its efforts to realize this goal, CPLC has built an extensive and comprehensive education system designed to encourage and support children, youth, and adults in their quest for an education.

Early Childhood Development

CPLC’s Early Childhood Development (ECD) program is focused on meeting the education and child care needs of families while fostering family self sufficiency through the provision of supportive care and developmentally appropriate early childhood education services to children under five years old.

CPLC ECD families represent an underserved population with mounting challenges:
  • Poverty
  • Housing shortages
  • Unemployment
  • Health concerns
  • Hazardous working conditions
  • Poor nutrition
  • Cultural and language barriers

Collaborating with community partners who share CPLC's commitments to all families in need, ECD turns the tide, providing an array of services to support the health, well-being, and future educational success of young children. ECD administers CPLC’s Early Head Start (EHS) and Migrant & Seasonal Head Start/Early Head Start (MEHS/MSHS) programs. Launched in 1965, the Head Start program was designed with a goal of providing preschool aged children from low income families with comprehensive services which would meet their emotional, social, health, nutritional, and psychological needs. Early Head Start serves children ages 0-3 with a focus on pregnant and parenting teens. Migrant & Seasonal Head Start services are provided to children ages 0-5 in areas where hand-picked and row crops are most prevalent. By understanding the needs of low-income families and assessing the gaps and resources that are available in local communities where they live, CPLC ECD plans more effective strategies for children’s success in education and family empowerment. ECD programs and services are available for eligible children and families residing in Maricopa, Pinal, Cochise and Yuma Counties.

CPLC Early Childhood Development
Intake / Admissions
1 (602) 716-0160

CPLC Community Schools

CPLC Community Schools offer high school students a safe, caring and learning environment that caters to each student’s individual needs. Our mission is to graduate leaders that are academically prepared, empowered to make informed decisions, confident in their ability to succeed and prepared for college and careers.

Our two schools, Toltecalli High School and Hiaki High School, provide students a high quality education by implementing a strong rigorous curriculum that meets the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) requirements for graduation. Both schools are rated performing schools by the State Department of Education standards.

Totecalli High School is located on Tucson’s South side and serves an average of 120 students per year. The school is known for its community-based learning environment and currently offers extended day classes for students in need of and/or desire credit recovery, tutoring, competitive basketball and volleyball and gardening activities.

Hiaki High School is located on the Pascua Yaqui Reservation on Tucson’s west side and serves an average of 75 students per year. The school also offers after school tutoring, competitive volleyball and basketball, arts and gardening activities.

All CPLC Community School instructional staff meets the Highly Qualified requirements by ADE. Our schools offer other supports, including: free healthy lunches, referrals for homeless students and behavioral health counseling.

CPLC Totecalli High School
(520) 807-7923

Hiaki High School
(520) 883-5051

Scholarship Programs

The goal of the CPLC Scholarship Program is to provide financial assistance and support to outstanding Latino students attending Arizona colleges and universities. Through this program, CPLC empowers future leaders and innovators who are committed to improving Arizona communities. Since its inception in 1998, the CPLC Scholarship Program has provided nearly $3.5 million in scholarship funds to more than 1000 students.

Arizona State University

Applications for the 2018-2019 school year

  • Application opens October 2017
  • Application due February 2018
  • Scholarships awarded in May 

Access the Application Instructions

Maricopa County Community Colleges

Applications for the 2018-2019 school year:

  • Application opens February 2018
  • Application due March 2018
  • Scholarships awarded in June

Access the Application Instructions

Pima Community Colleges

Los Médicos Scholarship for the University of Arizona College of Medicine

This scholarship provides $10,000 for two Hispanic students who are attending The University of Arizona College of Medicine.

Hispanic Women’s Corporation
Frankie Parra, Scholarship Relations Director

Other Scholarship Resources

For information on other scholarships, click here

Youth and Adult Education Services

Chicanos Por La Causa Community Center provides programs that empower youth, adults, and families by providing access to continuum quality educational opportunities that improve the quality of their life and support their educational aspirations.

The Youth Education Services guides and informs youth from disadvantaged backgrounds, regardless of race or ethnicity, on how to launch their path towards achieving a high school diploma and transition to college by providing the necessary resources to achieve this. This program assists individuals who have the drive and potential to succeed in higher education.

The Adult Education Services provides access to quality educational opportunities to support employment, job training, and to prepare for and transition to post secondary education. Adult learners will acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully function at work, community, and society.

Services include:

  • After-school and summer youth programs
  • STEM summer camps and activities 
  • Adult Basic Education
  • Adult Secondary Education (GED)

Location and Contact Information
CPLC Community Center 
3216 West Van Buren
Phoenix, Arizona 85009 Map

For additional information please contact us at (602) 269-2578 or email

To make an online payment for a GED class, click here