Gabriella Reyes- Intern

My name is Gabriella Reyes and I am a former Stepping Stone preschooler. My first glimpse of school and the education sector started in 1994 when I was in Mrs. Milks’ class. I remember loving class, especially when we had an art project. One day Mrs. Milks approaches me and compliments the tree painting I…
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Our Newest Expansion

On August 25th, in cooperation with Miami Unified School District and First Things First-Gila Council, and funded by Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation, A Stepping Stone Foundation opened an expansion preschool and family literacy program in Miami, Arizona.  Please enjoy this excerpt from Superintendent of Miami Unified School District about our expansion written just yesterday:…
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True Stories-The ASU Grad

The recent ASU graduate walks in the office to interview with the director.  The director points to a chair for her to sit, but at the last moment remembers something important and points to the wall instead.    “I like to start with what we do,” says the director.  “I tell our funders about our preschoolers like…
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A Stepping Stone’s Literacy Program Earns Support of The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 26, 2014         A Stepping Stone’s Literacy Program Earns Support of The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation         Valley’s Most Vulnerable Parents Commit to Bettering Themselves For The Sake Of Their Children   PHOENIX, AZ (June 12, 2014) – More than 42 million Americans can’t read. In an effort to combat multi-generational…
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2014 Bill and Billie’s Kids Go To College

A Stepping Stone Foundation will celebrate 25 years of providing high quality preschool with family literacy this coming August.  As the years went by, we realized, not only do our children need a great start in life, they need access to  higher education.  Thanks to the vision of our founder, Rev. Bill Smith and one…
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Celebrate A Stepping Stone Parents

Last night, it was my great pleasure to join our parents, board and children at the 2014 Parent Celebration.  The parents of our Stepping Stone children were honored for their school-year long participation in adult education, parenting classes, time with their children in the classroom as well as participating in our home visiting program. In…
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Blessed by the Tooth Fairy

I was blessed by the Tooth Fairy last Tuesday.   It was time for a program visit and Teacher Janet and Program Coordinator Paulette had also alerted me that one of our former preschoolers, Blanca Pereda, CDA, was going to do a short dental presentation for our kids and then give each child a quick tooth cleaning and I really…
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Secret Millionaire Epilogue

Dear Stepping Stone Supporters: I wanted to give you a quick follow-up to the Secret Millionaire-A Stepping Stone segment (filmed fall 2011, aired this fall).  Our Secret Millionaire, Mr. Jay, promised one of our Stepping Stone moms that when she received her GED, he would have scholarship money waiting for her.  Unfortunately, she left our…
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Secret Millionaire Update

We very much hope you all were able to catch Sunday’s Secret Millionaire episode (8/11/13). Mr. Jay, of course, made good on his word and donated $50,000 to A Stepping Stone Foundation a few short weeks after taping the episode was complete. Many of the extra wonderful things that Mr. Jay did for/with us included an SUV…
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Secret Millionaire, we are so grateful!

August 8, 2013 Local non-profit gets in on the “Secret” A Stepping Stone Foundation featured on Aug. 11 episode of ABC’s Secret Millionaire PHOENIX, ARIZ. – When A Stepping Stone Foundation Executive Director Cynthia Gattorna received a mysterious e-mail from a ‘documentary producer’ interested in her Phoenix grassroots non-profit, she admits that she almost instinctively hit…
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