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Causes: Adult Education, Education, Preschools, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid

Mission: A Stepping Stone Foundation creates success for children of limited opportunities by providing a tuition free, high quality, comprehensive preschool program and ensuring the success of the parents with their children by requiring them to attend tuition free adult education classes, parental classroom participation and providing tuition free child care and enrichment for the siblings of the preschoolers. Educating Two Generations Together!

Geographic areas served: Phoenix, AZ

Programs: Provide preschool classes for 3 and 4-year-old children who are at risk of school failure due to low literacy in the home during the public school year. While children are attending tuition-free daily preschool (m-th), parents participate in a minimum of 32 hours per month of: parenting classes, home-visiting, literacy classes, and working with their child in the preschool room. Younger sibling day care is provided during these services and home visiting is performed monthly throughout the school year. Served 37 families (121 unique individuals)in alhambra elementary school district with direct services as mentioned above during the course of the school year.

provide college scholarships and college graduation fee assistance for former preschool students. Nineteen scholarships were awarded this service year. Held the annual stepping into college event for former preschoolers currently in high school to talk about multiple scholarship opportunities. Held the annual bill and billie's kids go to college scholarship award event.

second year of two-year internships for former stepping stone preschoolers who need a first paid-work-experience. Two internships were awarded; interns worked ten hours weekly during the regular school year.

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2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 5

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



Rating: 5

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.