Examples of Excellence


Summer Transition to Kindergarten program aiding school readiness in Parker

Parker, AZ

Many kindergartners come to school without the skills they need to be ready to learn. Rural Parker, Arizona, is no …

Submitted by Brad Sale on 12/17/19


Discovery Gardens Educating the Youngest in the Prescott Community

Prescott, AZ

Prescott Unified School District understands the value in early learning opportunities. Its Discovery Gardens Early Childhood Center has been engaging …

Submitted by Stacy Williams on 4/17/19


Northern Arizona University’s foster grandparent program helping to shape children for tomorrow

Flagstaff, AZ

For more than 50 years, the Foster Grandparent Program has engaged low-income older adults to assist youth in their educational journey. In the …

Submitted by Erin Kruse on 12/5/18


Flagstaff’s San Francisco de Asis Catholic School bolsters preschool program

Flagstaff, AZ

In Flagstaff, the oldest continually run Catholic school in the state now boasts an award-winning preschool. While the school itself …

Submitted by Lisa Barquin on 11/15/18


Young children living in poverty get “Head Start” through Greater Phoenix Urban League

Phoenix, AZ

For more than 50 years, Head Start programs across the country have been helping children prepare for their academic journey. …

Submitted by Natalie Alvarez on 10/24/18


Reach Out and Read is Putting Books into Homes One Doctor Appointment at a Time

Phoenix, AZ

Reading is a fundamental skill that can open many doors for a child. A good book will awaken the imagination …

Submitted by Morgan Anderson on 9/28/18


Educating parents and children, A Stepping Stone Foundation’s approach to multigenerational learning

Phoenix, AZ

The most important driver of a student’s success isn’t the money spent on supplies, the variety of extracurricular activities or …

Submitted by Cynthia Gattorna on 9/12/18


Tempe Invests in Early Learning and Creates Preschool Classes for Low-Income Residents

Tempe, AZ

Despite the fact that quality early learning experiences have big benefits, few Arizona youth have the chance to prepare adequately …

Submitted by Marie Raymond on 7/2/18