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Providing stepping stones to create success through education for children and families who have limited opportunities.


LEVELS OF PROGRAM SUPPORT

Tax Credit for Qualifying Charities:

Click on the PayPal button at the right to make your Tax Credit for Qualifying Charities donation to A Stepping Stone Foundation.

Click on the PayPal button to the right to make your Tax Credit for Qualifying Charities donation to a Stepping Stone Foundation.

The maximum amount of this credit is $800 for married taxpayers filing jointly and $400 for taxpayers filing individual or head of household returns.

Anyone who pays Arizona State Income Tax can use this tax credit. The tax code allows for donations to qualifying organizations like A Stepping Stone Foundation to be returned to the taxpayer, not as a deduction, but as a dollar-for-dollar TAX CREDIT!

Please call us at the office if you have questions, and most importantly, for any and all tax advice, please consult with your tax professional.

Contribute to Cena y Serenata:

All proceeds from Cena y Serenata help local children and their families increase their opportunities to escape intergenerational illiteracy and poverty.

Contribute to A Stepping Stone Foundation:

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Contribute to the Billie Gannaway Scholarship Fund:

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Support 1 Family for a Day

A typical day for our families begins around 8:15AM. The child spends 4 hours at their Stepping Stone classroom, including breakfast, outside play, and hot lunch. While the child goes to preschool, one or more of the parents attends ESL or GED classes and younger siblings may attend childcare.

$30

Christmas Angel for 1 Child

Each year at Christmas time, A Stepping Stone Foundation places Christmas Angel trees at Shadow Rock Church, APS Generation Engineering and other community partners in Phoenix. A tag for each child in our program and their siblings 12 years old and under is placed on one of the trees. On each tag are instructions to buy a book, clothing and a toy for each child...not to exceed $50.

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$50

Support 1 Family for a Week

Over the course of a week, the preschooler has attended 16 hours of preschool. One or more of their parents has attended at least 4 hours of adult education. Their younger siblings may have attended a quality childcare and the teacher may have visited the family in their home to help the parents learn how to support their child's public school experience in the home.

$120

Support 1 Family for a Month

Over the course of a month, the preschooler has attended 64 hours of preschool. One or more of their parents has attended at least 32 hours of adult education, parenting classes, home visiting and practice with their child in the classroom.

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$625

Classroom Supplies/Library

Literacy is the nucleus of our programs. While our children are certainly taught in a developmentally appropriate way with lots of hands on learning, an intentional focus is on pre-literacy and literacy skills. One important part of literacy is being surrounded by good models of language and reading. Our children and their families have great access to books of all kind with an emphasis on fine children's literature. Each year we provide every classroom with new and used books for their classroom and families' home use.

$500

Christmas Angels for Half a Classroom (25 Children)

Each year at Christmas time, A Stepping Stone Foundation places Christmas Angel trees at Shadow Rock Church, APS Generation Engineering and other community partners in Phoenix. Some organizations and individuals, such as the Family Arts Needlework Shop, sponsor all or part of an entire classroom of children and their siblings (50 children).

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$1,250

Support 1 Family for a Year

By the end of the school year, the preschooler has attended 550 hours of preschool. One or more of their parents has attended at least 100 hours of adult education, attended 9 or more parenting classes, opened their home to 7 visits from the teachers, and worked with their child in the classroom at least 60 hours. Some parents will have passed one or all of their GED exams, and many parents will have completed one or more levels of ESL instruction.

$6,000

Support 1 Teaching Assistant for a Year

All our assistant teachers have three or more years of experience in the preschool setting. They work closely with the lead teachers to be be sure our children and their families have the best learning opportunities possible.

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$24,000

Support 1 Lead Teacher for a Year

All our lead teachers have a teaching certificate in Early Childhood Education and have three or more years of experience as a lead teacher in the preschool setting. It takes a talented and highly qualified individual to shepherd preschool children through their many developmental milestones. Science tells us these children learn best by hands on activities. It takes a nurturing and skilled teacher to plan active and experiential learning that feels (and truly is) play!

$75,000

Support an Entire Classroom for a Year

We are able to keep the cost for one entire classroom operation to about $120,000 because of our partnering public school districts. Thanks to Alhambra and Isaac Elementary School Districts, A Stepping Stone Foundation is able to keep its costs to: one lead teacher, one assistant teacher, younger sibling child care, supplies, field trips, library, and continuing education costs. A portion of the Stepping Stone Foundation's Program Consultant is also figured in this amount. The school district partner provides the facility including furniture, adult education, on-site supervision. Partnering with the local public school not only keeps Foundation costs lower, but in most cases allows the children to transition to kindergarten on the same campus they attend preschool.

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$120,000