Academic Beginnings for Children (ABC)

"Read 20 minutes every day with your child"


About ABC

ABC, Academic Beginnings for Children, is the early learning committee of the Lake Stevens Education Foundation working in partnership with the Lake Stevens School District and Lake Stevens Library. ABC's mission is to support early learning for children birth to 5 living within Lake Stevens School District. Our goals include supporting parents as their child's first and most influential teacher in order to increase the number of children entering Kindergarten with the skills necessary to be successful in school and life.




Sponsored Programs

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a unique early years book gifting program that partners with a local community sponsor to mail a new, age-appropriate book each month, creating a home library of up to 60 books and instilling a love of books, reading and learning. LSEF is the Lake Stevens Community Affiliate; the program is open to children birth to five living within the Lake Stevens School District. The goal is for every child to have books, be read to 20 minutes every day, and be ready to be successful in school. Since 2008, over 2,500 children in Lake Stevens have received books!

Annual Spring Literacy Concert- each year in the spring, preschool age children and their adults, parents, caregivers and teachers are invited to enjoy a professional entertainer perform and share how music and reading promote early literacy. Each child gets a book bag with a new book. March 16, 2018 will be our 13th annual concert!

“READY, Set, Kindergarten!” is a 90-minute class designed for parents of children entering Kindergarten at a Lake Stevens elementary school, to help parents ensure their child is ready to learn and be successful in Kindergarten.

Read 20 Minutes a Day Celebrations - Promote the joy of reading to and with children 20 minutes everyday! Read, Sing, Play!

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.

Born Learning Trails: Lake Stevens Education Foundation, the City of Lake Stevens, Lake Stevens Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions Clubs and United Way of Snohomish County 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 .