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
I'm writing from New York City, where the 4th annual Showdown in Chinatown takes place on Wednesday, June 22nd -- this year, the Showdown will benefit Educare Arizona, and Steve and I are thrilled to be bringing the NBA and soccer communities together to raise awareness and funds about such an important issue. More about the Showdown is at www.stevenash.org/showdown . . . .
Over the past three years, Educare Arizona has received support from 28 states and four countries. We've received repeating $10 donations, and large capital gifts, heard from 10-year olds and 75-year olds, and found support in folks with who we never anticipated finding anything in common. All because of this: kids matter. No matter where in the world we are, people understand that every child -- every single child -- matters to our future, and the health of our communities. With the science never more clear that learning starts at birth, people understand, too and ever-the-more, that giving children great opportunities to learn and develop right from the beginning of their lives is critical to our collective growth.
Educare Arizona will open doors this August, and we'll celebrate with a grand opening in the autumn (when Phoenix cools down a little). Please consider a donation today, and joining Steve to officially open this beautiful building to the children and families who will gather there to improve conditions for all of us.
Thank you for helping us grow health in kids.
Jenny (and Steve)