Southern Nevada Children First (SNCF) is a non-profit organization created to mentor, educate and support homeless, pregnant and parenting youth and young adults while providing support services to their children. Without someone to guide them, care for them or provide for them, they become extremely vulnerable to drugs and alcohol to numb the pain, they are forced to participate in survival sex and prostitution for shelter, food and protection; or they hide their situation hoping it will go away.

Pregnant and parenting youth not only need basic necessities like food and shelter, they must also learn to be effective parents and independent adults committed to self-sufficiency.

SNCF is committed to partnering with government agencies, the education community, early childhood educators and other local and national non-profits; however SNCF fills a gap to serve those that many others do not.

The mission of Southern Nevada Children First is to strengthen the lives of children and families by providing them with safe, structured, and positive environments that help them develop the tools and skills necessary to transition to self-sufficiency.


Our History

Southern Nevada Children First was created in 2007 to address the identified needs of Nevada’s homeless, pregnant and parenting youth and young adult population. Collectively, SNCF leadership brings over 20 years of experience in social services, education, workforce, and youth development programming, and grants management. Southern Nevada Children First has dedicated itself to facilitating the development of disadvantaged and underprivileged youth by giving them the tools, skills, and knowledge necessary to grow into viable, independent adults.

Our Values

Children and youth needs come first…Always.

We make every decision in the best interest of each child and young adult we serve. We adapt our programs to accommodate the special needs of children and the families we serve to support them achieving their goals.

 We provide a safe place.

We ensure that children and young adults are physically and emotionally safe.

We believe in the power of education.

Whether learning basic life skills, how to manage relationships and personal safety we believe in the power of education. Cradle to career education is key to a productive, self-sufficient life.

 We strive to achieve positive, lasting results.

We help children and families develop skills to live successfully by focusing on areas that have a long-term impact on the family, self-sufficiency and safety.

We are committed to our staff.

We recognize the many challenges our staff face each day. We value teamwork and help staff achieve their potential through an atmosphere of open communication, learning and fun.

We are each responsible for providing the highest level of service to our customers.We deliver our best by listening and responding to our customers…every time, every day.

 We are constantly improving our performance to achieve excellence.

We measure our efforts by accessing our strengths and needs to identify areas for improvement. We believe that anything can be made better.

 We create new programs to meet the needs of children, families and community.

We develop the innovative programs that sever children, young adults and families facing the most challenging circumstances. Our entrepreneurial spirit leads us to test the limits of existing services and create new opportunities that support our community.

 We do what we say we do.

Our mission and values are more than just something to talk about. They guide all of our decisions. We believe that our integrity can only be measured by how we live by these values each day.

This organization does wonderful work with the community. They benefit young parents and children by providing counseling and other services that give disadvantaged youths training to be successful. 

—Sam Nicholson, President of Grand Canyon Development —

They're passionate and well-organized, and they're committed to helping young adults through what is a very difficult, challenging time in their lives.

— Lori Nelson, Vice President of Corporate Communications for Station Casinos. —