A Stepping Stone Foundation

A Stepping Stone 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. A post-secondary scholarship program is in place for former preschoolers that graduate high school.

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Our anchor program is LEAF: Literacy Elevates Arizona Families. While children are in daily preschool (4-days weekly throughout the public school year), parents attend English classes, parenting classes and spend time in their child's classroom. Once a month, teachers visit all enrolled families at home to practice what the parents and children are learning at school in their home environment and to have a private time to discuss progress and any concerns. Two follow-up studies indicate that children who attend our program score at or above their school and district peers on standardized tests for Language and Math. As of AZ Gives 2017, A Stepping Stone has served more than 1,700 unique families.
We also have a scholarship program for former preschoolers who are seeking admission to accredited higher learning institutions. A Stepping Stone has awarded 95 unique students with scholarships totaling more than $200,000. This April, 40 new students will be awarded more than $25,000.

Address:PO Box 87149
Phoenix, AZ 85080
GuideStar URL:http://www.guidestar.org/profile/74-2567068
AZ State Tax Credit Info:Charitable (Working Poor) Tax Credit
Alliance Member?:Yes
Service Areas:Maricopa
Vanessa's Story:
The only way children and their families are admitted to A Stepping Stone Foundation programs is if they demonstrate a clear need of literacy services. When Vanessa began preschool at a Stepping Stone Classroom in 1990, she was the only Asian preschooler in her class. She spoke no English and was at high risk of never completing high school.

She and her mom went to school 4 days a week during the regular school year to practice reading and English. While she was in a high quality preschool setting with other 4 year olds, her mom was taking Parenting, English and reading classes. Once a month her classroom teacher visited Vanessa's home to show her mom how to be her first best teacher. As the year progressed, Vanessa began understanding and then speaking English. She began kindergarten ready to succeed because she not only spoke English, but knew her sounds and letters as well. And her mom was ready to support her school efforts as well, having completed her English and parenting studies.

19 years later, Vanessa graduated high school and earned a full ride scholarship to ASU. Because she was a former Stepping Stone preschooler, she qualified for the Billie Gannaway Memorial Scholarship with our Foundation and we paid her books and expenses as well. She graduated ASU with honors --and then graduated from UofA Medical School and is practicing medicine in the Phoenix area. Congratulations, Dr. Tang! She volunteers for our fundraising events and is a great addition to the Arizona community.