Strong Foundations
Early Learning Center


  • Phone

    (602) 374-8770

  • Fax

    (602) 374-8785

  • Address

    2302 West Colter Street
    Phoenix, AZ 85015

About Us

Strong Foundations Center for Early Learning and Resiliency is licensed through ADHS and has been in operation since 2004. We serve Homeward Bound client families, former client families, and families in the neighboring community.

We received national accreditation through NAC (The National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs) in June of 2010 and go through reaccreditation every three years. We are a Southwest Human Development Early Head Start Partnership site, Quality First participant, and ADHS Empower Program participant.

We have a licensed capacity of 121 children. However, we limit our capacity, group sizes, and ratios to meet NAC, Quality First, and Early Head Start standards. We serve children ages 6 weeks through five years old and have six classrooms including four Early Head Start classrooms, and two mixed-age pre-kindergarten classrooms.

A plan for every child.

Three simple plans for your family's needs.


Ages: 6 weeks - 1 year

ADHS Classification: Full Day


*Early Head Start families pay $100/week


Ages: 1 year - 3 years

ADHS Classification: Full Day


*Early Head Start families pay $90/week


Ages: 3 years - 5 years

ADHS Classification: Full Day


*Early Head Start families pay $80/week

Additional Fees:
$5/minute per child
$10/30 minutes


As a first step to enrolling your child at Strong Foundations, we encourage all parents to schedule a tour of our center.  This offers you the opportunity to see students at work in our environment and discuss any questions or concerns you may have.  We encourage families to schedule their tours between 9am and 12pm, before quiet time begins.

The next step of the enrollment process is to complete and return an enrollment packet or wait list form.  Furthermore, if your child is under the age of 3, you will schedule an appointment with our Family Support Specialist for an Early Head Start application.

Please keep in mind that space is limited and registration is on a first-come first-serve basis with siblings of currently enrolled students having first priority. Strong Foundations enrolls students of any race, color, nationality and ethnic origin. We highly encourage you to register your child a soon as possible in order to guarantee a spot for them.

We are open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays and in-services. Children must be dropped off by 9 a.m.

Payment Requirements:

  • Tuition and fees

    Tuition and fees are due Monday for the current week; children are not admitted if there is a balance due

  • Weekly payments

    Weekly payments are due regardless of attendance; there are no reductions in tuition due to illness, vacation, holidays, or closures

  • DES

    Parents are responsible for tuition not covered or authorized by DES. Absences in excess of DES allowed absences are paid in full by parent

  • Refunds

    Payments are non-refundable

What parents are saying:

Strong Foundations is an amazing school and we have always been very pleased with the teachers, classrooms, lessons, administration, etc. I love how the teachers truly know my child and really care for her development. They communicate very well with us, including amusing, endearing, or noteworthy anecdotes. She is developing such strong social skills and self-awareness. I have learned too! It's a joy to observe her growing in resilience. We love having Strong Foundations as a partner in raising her!

— Parent, Spring 2019 Parent Survey

I am very pleased. I spent time researching different facilities before placing my child here. I am 100% confident in this center and the staff care about my child and her development. The staff are the right blend of caring and knowledgeable. I couldn't be happier.

— Parent, Spring 2019 Parent Survey

My child is excited to go to school every day. She has made significant advancements in her behavior, vocabulary, confidence and independence. I really believe that we are building a solid foundation for learning and her future success. The facility is clean. The staff is professional, knowledgeable, kind, and courteous. Thank you!"

— Parent, Spring 2019 Parent Survey

I love to see my son every morning excited to go to school. It gives me peace of mind that my baby is in great hands, and if something were to occur they are well prepared."

— Parent, Spring 2019 Parent Survey


The mission of Strong Foundations Center for Early Learning and Resiliency is to prepare children for future academic and life-long success by providing high quality early education in an emotionally supportive environment designed to build resiliency


All children are capable of learning and worthy of respect. High quality early experiences help children develop attachment, initiative, and self-regulation skills which are necessary to create a strong foundation for learning and resiliency.


  • To promote resiliency and help children strengthen their protective factors by identifying concerns, developing goals, implementing a plan of action, and making referrals.
  • To provide opportunities for children to develop an understanding of self and others and to foster a climate of respect, encouragement, and responsiveness.
  • To engage children actively in the learning process, providing a variety of developmentally appropriate learning experiences, and encouraging children to pursue their own interests.
  • To offer and supervise a safe indoor and outdoor environment that promotes physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development.
  • To work closely in partnership with families to ensure high-quality care for children and to help parents feel supported and welcome as observers and contributors to the program.
  • To staff our program with teachers who understand child development and who recognize and meet the individual needs of children and families.
  • To provide on-going, relevant training to staff.
  • To administer the program effectively based on current early childhood research and best practices, while considering the needs of the children, families, and staff.
  • To adhere to the higher accreditation standards established by NAC.
  • To commit to continuous quality improvement.


Strong Foundations uses the Teaching Strategies Gold® framework for children birth through kindergarten.  This is a play-based and relationship-based program that encourages children to become actively involved in the learning process and allows children to pursue their own interests. It provides clear guidance as to the teacher's role in implementing developmentally appropriate activities for teaching literacy, math, science, social studies, the arts, and technology, yet never loses sight of the primary importance of social/emotional development in children's learning.

Teaching Strategies Gold® aligns with the Common Core State Standards, Arizona State Early Learning Guidelines, and the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework.

Strong Foundations focuses on the following areas of development:

  • Social/Emotional development
  • Physical development
  • Cognitive development
  • Language development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Science and Technology
  • Social Studies
  • The Arts

  • Arizona Early Learning Standards for children 3 to 5

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  • The Arizona Infant and Toddler Developmental Guidelines for children birth to 3:

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  • Teaching Strategies Gold Curriculum:

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  • ASQ and DECA

    Strong Foundations also utilizes the ASQ (Ages & Stages Questionnaire) and DECA (Devereux Early Childhood Assessment) to assess each child’s developmental progress as well as social and emotional development.

Staff information.

Mixed-age philosophy

Meal service

We have a commercial kitchen onsite where our Nutrition Specialist prepares homemade meals. We participate in a family-style dining routine. The teachers sit down with the children, engage in appropriate conversation, model social skills, and encourage healthy choices.

Menus are posted on the Parent Board. Food allergies are posted in each classroom and in the kitchen. Alternate provisions are made for children with allergies and/or other special nutritional needs. Drinking water is available at all times. Any special treat brought in by parents (i.e. birthday treats) must be store bought. Please see your child’s teachers to make arrangements.

Meal times for the center are as follows:

8:00 - 9:00 am          Breakfast                              
11:00 - 1:00 pm        Lunch
2:15 - 3:15 pm          Afternoon Snack