Early this Spring, Educare Arizona welcomed Dr. Billie Enz as its Executive Director -- Billie brings a dedicated passion for early childhood education to Educare, and we're fortunate to have her on the roster! Billie has this to say:
Educare schools across the country are dramatically changing the life trajectories of thousands of children growing up in families facing the greatest obstacles to success. This is what attracted me to the position of Executive Director of Educare Arizona. My lifelong passion for this work is shared by the Educare board and staff; these individuals possess boundless energy, expertise, and zeal for the children of Arizona. It will be my pleasure to work with them to realize this vision.
Billie is leading a team of incredible educators and staff -- more than half are bilingual, a majority hold bachelor's degrees or higher, and they have an average of 7 years experience working with young children.
We've also recently completed plans for a beautiful play courtyard at Educare Arizona (see renderings below). With evidence of the importance of pretend play and creative coming from more and more research, we're committed to providing healthy space for children to explore the world and their imaginations. The courtyard area is comprised of quadrants representing the wetlands (with a water play feature), city (with an ampitheatre), farm (with growing planters), and neighborhood (with a house-like structure that can represent anything the child pretends it is), and will be a great place to observe our little MVPs at work being kids.
Educare Arizona is about change, and the promise of a return on investment that grows health all around it. Your support has meant so much to us, and we hope to continue to earn it through the course of this journey.
Learn more at stevenash.org, and please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.
All the best for a happy, healthy Spring,
Jenny (and Steve)
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