Academic Beginnings for Children (ABC)

"Read 20 minutes every day with your child"


About ABC

Academic Beginnings for Children, ABC, is a sub committee of the Lake Stevens Education Foundation that works in partnership with the Lake Stevens Library, Lake Stevens School District,  and United Way of Snohomish County. ABC's mission is to support early learning for children birth to 5 living within Lake Stevens School District.

One of our goals is to support parents as their child's first and most influential teacher and to increase the number of children entering Kindergarten with the skills necessary to be successful in school.



Ready, Set, Kindergarten!

“READY, Set, Kindergarten!” is a 90-minute class designed for parents of children entering Kindergarten at a Lake Stevens elementary school! The goal is to help you as your child’s first and most important teacher ensure that your child is ready to learn and be successful in Kindergarten.


 Click here to sign up.




Sponsored Programs 

Dolly Parton Imagination Library:  In 2008, through our partnership with United Way of Snohomish County, we were able to bring the Dolly Parton Imagination Library to Lake Stevens.  Every child age 0-5 living within the Lake Stevens School District boundaries is eligible to receive a new book in the mail each month until his/her 5th birthday.  The goal is for every child to have books of their own to inspire their imagination and to be read to 20 minutes every day.  Since 2008, 1898 children in Lake Stevens have received books!


Please Note: We are temporarily holding off on new registrations while we seek other funding.   Boeing/UWSC will no longer be funding the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, while we seek new funding sources; our Lake Stevens Education Foundation/ABC is dedicated to maintaining this valuable program in our community.   


Read 20 Minutes a Day Celebration:  Local businesses and the Lake Stevens Library host celebrations, children are given books, teh opportunity to register for the Dolly Parton Library and enjoy books!


Play & Learn Group:  Throughout the school year, pre-school age children and their parents/care-givers meet Fridays from 10 - 11:30 AM at the Lake Stevens Early Learning Center, with a trained facilitator.  It's Free and drop-ins are welcome, the ELC is located next to Hillcrest Elementary School.


Born Learning Trails:  ABC, United Way of Snohomish County, the City of Lake Stevens, Lake Stevens Rotary, Kiwanis and Lions Clubs all worked together to install Born Learning Trails, a series of signs with activity suggestions for families to enhance the fun and learning while playing at both Lundeen Park and The Lake Stevens Community Park.


For more information about any of these activities, please contact Leslie Elsemore at  or by mail at PO Box 1495, Lake Stevens, WA 98258