Being greeted by children at Educare Arizona is one my favorite things about my job. Watching a preschooler who was previously too shy to make eye contact tell me with such excitement about the fish in her classroom is instant evidence that the individualized attention Educare Arizona provides makes kids feel great about themselves. Data collection and analysis correlates that feeling of confidence with all kinds of positive outcomes: better classroom performance, retention, physical health, and family dynamics. Happy kids also contribute enormously to growing healthy communities.
Your support keeps it all going -- with so many ways to support Educare Arizona, we encourage you to tell your friends, and don't hesitate to reach out to Educare Arizona directly if you have any questions. Tell them Steve sent you.
The Grand Opening! October 27 and 28, 2011
With children filing the courtyard and a host of policy makers, movers and shakers, and community stakeholders, Educare Arizona Board member and Southwest Human Development CEO Ginger Ward, Educare Arizona Executive Director Billie Enz, and Educare Arizona Board President and Balsz School District Superintendent Jeff Smith cut the ribbon on this new, state of the art early learning facility in Phoenix, Arizona; the next evening, donors joined Steve for tours, speeches and a celebration of all we've accomplished.
Of course, the real work begins now. Our teachers are developing innovative new ideas for excellence in the classroom, strategic policy sessions are shaping our goals for the next decade and beyond, and local talent - like artist Joan Baron, and our creative neighbors and new supporters of Educare Arizona - are infusing the culture of the school with the diversity that populates its community.
Getting to tour the people with whom we've been talking about Educare Arizona for years was a very meaningful moment in time for Steve and me, and we look forward to seeing each of you at some point down the road. Please know how much your support has meant and will continue to mean to us and to the young MVPs we serve.
With hopes for a peaceful season,
We're putting the finishing touches on building completion, the teachers are starting to set up their rooms, and even the goldfish are swimming happily in their custom-built aquariums -- now all we need are the kids!
When Educare Arizona's first group of children enter their classrooms on September 6th, they'll take their first steps to changing the trajectory of not only their futures but all of ours: the early interventions offered by Educare Arizona -- from the health and dental care, to the early learning experience, the creative outdoor playspace, and the art development -- will begin to impact health and happiness from the first day. With a parent resource room and attending services, this approach to caring for children and families is designed to address all of the families needs in providing for the most nurturing environment for their children.
Tours are available - please let us know if we can show you around this wonderful center of excellence for early learning. We'll look forward to the grand opening at the end of October!
Thank you for your support in growing health in kids,
Steve and Jenny