Founded in 1989, A Stepping Stone currently collaborates with Alhambra Elementary School District to provide two preschool classes for a total of 35 three- and four-year-old preschool children, up to 13 younger siblings, and adult education and parenting classes for their parents in Phoenix, Arizona.

Identified as those children most at risk of school failure due to low literacy in the home environment, children attend a quality preschool program. Their parents attend English and/or GED preparation classes while younger siblings attend a nurturing childcare setting.

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Our History

We provide money for the teachers’ salaries, technical assistance (teacher training, and student and parent assessment management), classroom learning equipment, books, and child care for younger siblings while the parents are in their classes and workshops. Our teachers have petty cash for special purchases such as food for classroom pets or ingredients for cooking.

Because of its wide support base, the foundation is able to provide Christmas Angels for all children in each family, as well as new or gently used clothing, furniture, toys and books throughout the year. When a family disaster such as fire or death occurs, money and gifts are quickly gathered. Parties and celebrations are jointly planned and enjoyed by families and the Board.

Policy and Transparency

The foundation is fully certified and…
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Meet Our Team

A Stepping Stone Foundation is managed by a full-time Executive Director, Cynthia Gattorna in our Pheonix, AZ office. Our board of experienced educators and professionals meets quarterly. [[NEEDS DATE]]

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Why is preschool so important anyway?
Isn’t beginning one’s education in kindergarten early enough?

Children should be ready to begin school healthy and ready to learn. We need to be sure not only to give children a great start, but support their parents to be that child’s first best teacher. Educating the whole family proves again and again by scientific studies to have a great effect on children. In 2007, A Stepping Stone Foundation commissioned an independent evaluation of our programs.

Read the 2009 Report

A Stepping Stone Foundation Programs

  • Prepare children for success in school.
  • Promote adult literacy and English language mastery.
  • Train parents to support the developmental growth of their children.

Services provided at school

  • Early childhood education.
  • Hot breakfast and lunch.
  • Parenting workshops on topics such as:
    • Parents as Classroom Helpers.
    • Developing Self-esteem in Children.
    • Health and Nutrition.
    • Reading Activities to Do at Home.
    • Games to Play with Your Children.
    • Parent/Child Communication.
    • Discipline and Guidance.
    • Talking to Children About Sexuality.

We also provide a number of services to our families.

  • At-home educational activities for children through home visits.
  • English as a Second language (ESL) classes.
  • Adult Basic Education or GED classes.
  • Discussion of social services available to the parents.
  • Child Care during parent education.
  • Christmas Angel gifts for all preschoolers and their siblings.

We thank you for investing in our children’s futures. We assure you that you will
make a difference for our children, their families, and the community as a whole.

Frequently Asked Questions

For more information about A Stepping Stone Foundation, please browse our Frequently Asked Questions.

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We provide a tuition free, high quality, developmentally appropriate preschool program.