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.
Professional with expertise in this field
I have spent the past 29 years working in the field of Early Childhood Education as a teacher and administrator. I visit the current classrooms on a regular basis and observe each child's growth in confidence and the development of skills needed to be successful in kindergarten. They have started on the path to be life long learners. By their participation in this program, parents are teaching their children by example, the importance of education.