A Stepping Stone Foundation


A Stepping Stone creates success for needy children 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 education scholarship program is offered to former preschoolers that graduate high school.

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Our anchor program is Literacy Elevates Arizona Families (LEAF), which is a whole family literacy program. While children attend preschool, parents attend English classes, parenting classes and spend time in their child's classroom. Teachers visit families each month to practice what the parents and children learned at school and to discuss progress and concerns. There is free childcare for younger siblings while parents are participating in their obligations (adult ed, parenting education classes, inter-generational activities and preschool volunteering)
As of AZ Gives 2018, Stepping Stone has served more than 1,750 unique families through our LEAF program.
All components are free of charge!
The Billie Gannaway Scholarship and Ivey Stepping Higher programs have awarded 115 unique students scholarships totaling more than $200,000. In addition to scholarships, high school students have access to two annual workshops helping them access financial aid and offering tips on how to be successful in their college experience.

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.