In 1989 A Stepping Stone Foundation was incorporated. Its mission is to provide high quality, comprehensive early childhood programs for as many children and their families in need of literacy services as possible.

A Stepping Stone Foundation transforms lives through quality education. It creates success for families of limited opportunities by providing two-generation, tuition free and comprehensive education programs for at-risk children and their parents, as well as scholarships and internships for former participants.

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

A Stepping Stone Foundation transforms lives through quality education. Its hallmark program LEAF (Literacy Elevates Arizona Families) nurtures success for families of limited opportunities by providing a two-generation, tuition free and comprehensive family literacy program for children at risk of school failure and their parents.

Through LEAF, A Stepping Stone Foundation requires enrolled families to attend the following components: preschool, adult education, parenting classes, home visiting, intergenerational classroom and out of classroom activities. This program also provides tuition free child care and enrichment for the younger siblings of the preschoolers.

We are committed to fostering life-long education and to that end began The Billie Gannaway Memorial Scholarship program for former preschoolers who needed access to higher education in 2001 and an internship program in 2012. Finally, in order to leverage our efforts, we began the TwoGenEd Affinity group in 2017 which meets quarterly with policy makers, practitioners, elected officials and funders.

Our Preschool

We provide a tuition free, high quality, developmentally appropriate preschool program.  It is comprehensive and creates success for children at risk of school failure due to literacy issues.

Family Literacy

We ensure family success by requiring the parents to attend: tuition free adult education classes, parental classroom participation and parenting classes.  Further supports include home visiting and tuition free child care and enrichment for the younger siblings of our preschool students.

Community

We further ensure success by: providing our preschool children with meals in partnership with the hosting school district, partnering our preschool program with colleges and local organizations to assist family literacy by providing adult education, and reaching as many preschool children as possible through blended funding streams.

Success

We reward and continue to promote family literacy by providing post secondary education opportunities to our former preschoolers who are now high school graduates, by enabling access to college through our college scholarship fund.

Our Values

Ensuring Access to Education

Our legacy is to provide equal opportunity for preschoolers to quality education and to support family literacy through adult education, and intergenerational activities regardless of ethnicity or economic status.

Volunteerism

Our inspired community volunteers, who participate through foundation membership, fund raising activities or in the preschool classroom, are vital to the success and welfare of the foundation’s preschool children.

Parental Involvement

Our requirement that parents of our preschool students attend adult education and parenting skills classes, provides them with lifelong learning opportunities. Our requirement that parents work in the preschool classroom with their children and allow regular home visits by the teacher, underscores the importance of education and family literacy to the parents.

Children!

Our providing tuition free child care and enrichment for the younger siblings of the preschool students allows the parents to fulfill the participation requirements of the family literacy component, and demonstrates the importance of education to the children.

Community Partnerships

Our individual and corporate sponsored support through grants, financial aid or “in kind” donations, assures the continuing success of our preschool program. We also value all other existing high quality preschool programs that will prepare the children for school success.

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

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

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