As a past president of A Stepping Stone Foundation, I have a different perspective on the amazing effectiveness of the program. I have always believed our preschool program to be “top drawer” in its concepts and quality of its teachers, both in their abilities and passion to teach. I also recognize that there are other preschool programs that are of similar high quality. But, what I personally find most compelling is the ‘Adult Literacy’ component which sets A Stepping Stone apart from most other preschool programs. It is the required “sweat equity” of the parent(s) that allows their child to attend the SSF preschool. Classes for the parents include: English as a Second Language (ESL), Parenting and various classes needed to acquire a GED. Home visits by our teachers and volunteering in the child’s classroom are also required. As any educator will tell you, a parents involvement in their child’s education is vital to their success, especially when the child is at high risk of school failure due to economic or environmental factors. More importantly, given today’s current climate regarding the subject of immigration, A Stepping Stone Foundation demonstrates what a “pro-active” response looks like in deference to the negative rhetoric all too common in conversation and media. By educating the young child, we greatly enhance their potential to graduate high school (at least) and become a contributing member of society, and maybe more! By educating the parent, we double the affect on the child, AND greatly enhance the parent becoming a “tax paying”, proud, law abiding , contributing member of society!! As said by many a great leader and philosopher, “The greatness of a society can be measured by how those who are “blessed” help lift up those who are the “least” of their society.” A Stepping Stone Foundation is a fine example of that quote, and I am very proud to be associated with them! Mike Gattorna
Review from Guidestar
I went to a Stepping Stone Foundation preschool and since then, I was qualify to be in the Stepping Stone Foundation scholarship. The ASSF helped me immensely especially during these economic crisis. At this time, I was able to go to college for a whole year. The scholarship helped me buy my textbooks and classes; I am entirely grateful to the board members. Let me tell you a story...My first scholarship lasted me for two semesters of college; however, the remaining of my scholarship wasn't enough to pay for my tuition. I seek the board member's help and they did their best to give me the rest of what I owe. They did. I was able to pay my tuition before my classes got canceled and I was entirely grateful, more than grateful. ASSF is an organization with honest and gentle-loving people who are determine to help high school graduates in need.