A handful of people with large hearts and small purses created A Stepping Stone Foundation in 1989. They began a journey to create preschool experiences for every needy child in Arizona. Believing that early education is crucial for all children, and seeing the woeful number of children not being served that would most benefit, this group decided to make a difference.
The Foundation put together a “Dream Plan” for a preschool to serve four-year-olds at risk of school failure. The Isaac School District indicated great need and a willingness to work with the Foundation and the rest is history!
A Stepping Stone Foundation Board and Isaac School District created what was to be an award-winning program in the fall of 1990 and now, thirty years later, A Stepping Stone Foundation has served more than 1900 families (over 6,000 people) in five different Arizona school districts: Alhambra, Fowler, Isaac, Globe, and Murphy. Two model, child-centered family literacy programs, which we now call LEAF, remain open in cooperation with the Alhambra and Isaac School Districts.
“We are very proud of our children and all they have accomplished this year. They have learned many practical skills such as recognizing colors, shapes and some numbers, cutting with scissors, holding a crayon or pencil, taking turns, sharing, and following directions. Along with all these important preschool skills, the children are gaining confidence and are feeling good about themselves, who they are and what they can do. Equally important, they are developing a positive attitude about school and an enthusiasm for learning. We thank you for investing in our children’s futures and we assure you that you have made a difference for children and for their families.”
– At the first year-end celebration, Teacher Carmen Sanchez
And it’s still TRUE!!