When Ruth first enrolled her family in A Stepping Stone Foundation’s LEAF Program (Literacy Elevates Arizona Families) in 2012, she couldn’t speak English and demonstrated poor literacy and parenting skills. She signed a contract to do 32 hours of her own education while her son David attended our high quality preschool. Both graduated the program nine months later and the next year, she re-enrolled with her next child, Alitzel. Families who participate more than one year demonstrate lasting changes in the behaviors and skills they need to transform their lives.
In the fall of 2018, Ruth enrolled her last child, Axel. Like his sibling, he learned daily through preschool while his mom attended English lessons, parenting classes and helped in the classroom. Because Ruth was a returning parent, she was an invaluable role model for those who were beginning the LEAF program for the first time.
Once a month, preschool teachers visited Axel and Ruth at home as they did for all the enrolled families, and at the end of the school year, all families celebrated their accomplishments at the annual party.
Ruth was speaking English and had improved her parenting tremendously. She even had earned her US citizenship! Over the years, she communicated better with her children’s teachers and her children were prepared to excel in kindergarten because they also spoke English, got along with their fellow students and respected teachers. Most importantly, they knew how to control their own feelings and had a passion for learning. Another family was transformed through quality two-generation education!