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The History of Casa de los Niños

Our mission is to promote child well-being and family stability in our community.

Addressing the Needs of Children and Families

Our deep-rooted community connection acts as a guiding force for Casa de los Niños’ vision to increase the number of children and families living safe and healthy lives. We deliver a continuum of services –evidence-based and best practice models meld together prevention, intervention, and treatment strategies to effectively address the needs of at-risk children and their families.

Casa de los Niños supports families so every child can be raised in a healthy home. Last fiscal year, our programs served over 8,000 kids and over 200 families, which is a testament to the great need. The effort and dedication of over 250 employees creates an enormous positive impact for the families that we serve.

Casa de los Niños was Founded in 1973

Sister Kathleen Clark opened the first crisis shelter in the nation specifically designed for infants in a house donated by local philanthropist

Our History in Tucson

Casa de los Niños was founded in 1973 with an early vision to protect children from child abuse and neglect. Since then, Casa de los Niños has led the way in developing innovative programs of prevention and early intervention and a broad array of support services for children and families at risk of abuse, neglect, and crisis. Through our behavioral and mental health treatment services, immediate crisis mediation, and child abuse prevention programs, children and families in our community are able to achieve stability and continue to thrive for years to come.

It is our commitment to provide the highest quality resources to vulnerable child populations that drives our extensive program development. The dedication of over 250 employees helps over 10,000 children and families engage with the organization each year; last fiscal year composed of nearly 20,000 hours of mental health treatment and in-home family support services and 273 free parenting classes taught throughout Pima County.

As we continue into the next year, Casa de los Niños seeks to further expand our outreach, continue to improve services for at-risk families, to enhance the quality of our existing programs, and to reinforce our deep-rooted connection with our community.

Our Timeline

1973

Casa de los Niños is Founded

Sister Kathleen Clark opens the first crisis shelter in the nation specifically designed for infants in a house donated by local philanthropists.

1980

Casa de los Niños Implements Parent Education

Casa de los Niños begins to implement their renowned child abuse prevention programs with the introduction of Parent Education Program for parents and caregivers who are looking to improve their knowledge and improve their parenting skills.

1987

Sister Kathleen Retires

Sister Kathleen Clark retires and Jeanne Landdeck-Sisco begins serving as the second Executive Director for Casa de los Niños.

1988

The Casa de los Niños Foundation is Established

The Casa de los Niños Foundation is established to build and manage financial resources for the long-term stability of the organization.

1995

Healthy Families Launches

Healthy Families, a family support program is launched.

2001

The Tucson Safe Baby Program Protects Infants

A new prevention program, the Tucson Safe Baby Program is launched by Casa de los Niños, in an effort to stop the rising number of abandoned infants.

2004

Foster Care Begins

Casa de los Niños begins its first Foster Care Program to license and support foster families.

2004

Jeanne Landdeck-Sisco Retires

Jeanne Landdeck-Sisco retires as Executive Director and Susie Huhn becomes the organization’s third leader in its history.

2006

Family Visitation is Brought in to Reunite Families

Casa de los Niños introduces Family Visitation Services to facilitate visits by parents with children living in foster care and group homes with the intention to reunite families.

2009

Nurse-Family Partnership

CDLN Brings in the Nurse-Family Partnership Program

The Nurse-Family Partnership program provides in-home nursing services to low-income, first-time mothers. This program transforms the first thousand days of life for babies born to moms living in poverty in Tucson.

2010

The Behavioral Health Services Program is Introduced

Casa de los Niños launches Behavioral Health Services to provide behavioral and mental health services to children, young adults and their families.

2012

Child hugging two adults who are facing away from the camera

Parents as Teacher is Added to the Organization

Parents as Teachers educates parents on early childhood development and school readiness for their preschool aged child(ren)

2018

The Cole & Jeannie Davis Family Center Opens

After the completion of a record-breaking capital campaign, the Cole & Jeannie Davis Family Center opens in early 2018 bringing together programs and resources from across Tucson to help children and families.

2018

Casa de los Niños Crisis Shelter Transitions & Renovations Begin

Following trends around the country moving away from placing children in congregate care, Casa de los Niños begins the process of renovating the crisis shelter to transition to a high-quality early education center for at-risk families.

2019

The Well-Child Program at El Rio is Introduced

El Rio partners with Casa de los Niños to provide preventative care for children ages birth-5.

2019

The Kelly Early Education Center Opens

The Kelly Early Education Center at Casa de los Niños opens to provide high-quality, affordable childcare and early education to children from low-income families.

2021

In-Home Services Becomes Family Connections, Nurturing Parenting, and SENSE

Casa de los Niños is chosen by the Department of Child Safety to deliver the new Family Connections, Nurturing Parenting, and SENSE program to provide high-quality in-home services to families.

2022

Virtual and In-Person Services are Delivered

In a time of increased need for services, Casa de los Niños leads the way in delivering a hybrid of virtual and in-person services during unprecedented times