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Providing stepping stones to create success through education for children and families who have limited opportunities.



As of May 31st, 2017:

Since 1989, A Stepping Stone Foundation has served more than 1800 families. As of August 2017, A Stepping Stone Foundation's direct family literacy capacity is 40 families per year; that's 40 three- and four-year-old children, up to 23 younger siblings (for childcare), and at least 40 adults. This past 2016-2017 year, A Stepping Stone served 52 unique families (42 of them for 6 months or more). Also, for the past six years, the Foundation has been serving 30 participants in the Stepping Into College fall event and awarding an average of 40 college scholarships to former preschoolers per year. Finally, there are two annual job training positions at the Stepping Stone Office where former preschoolers can obtain their first paid work experience.

More than 130 different people are directly affected throughout the year, taking into account immediate family members; parents and preschoolers on a daily basis on school days throughout the year (home visits on Friday). There are additional secondary recipients of the program including neighbors who live near enrolled families who benefit from the "spill-over" of increased knowledge about the importance of early childhood development, increased self-esteem and the value of life-long education. The local school district also benefits by having better prepared kindergartners and parents who are already trained and motivated to volunteer at the school and become active in site based decision making.

The bottom line? Kindergartners enter school ready to learn, with the vision firmly implanted in their hearts and minds of a career and post-secondary education. They are healthy and supported by their parents. If they are from English Language Learning homes, they enter kindergarten fluent in English and supported by parents who are functional in English (at least able to communicate on a basic level with their children's teachers). Parents leave our program with increased parenting skills, awareness about the importance of early education, awareness about the need for post high school education and the knowledge of how important their role is in their child's educational future.