The Phoenix Great Start Initiative gives Phoenix children in Title I schools free admission to several educational and cultural centers before they begin kindergarten. Children who have opportunities to learn and interact with language from a young age will help them develop into strong, fluent readers. Parental involvement in the program is a critical element because parents begin supporting early literacy development with their children from infancy. Strong family engagement activities prepare children to enter kindergarten ready and later reading at grade level by third grade.
Participating cultural and education organizations that provide free admission to families include the Arizona Science Center, Children's Museum of Phoenix, Phoenix Zoo, Desert Botanical Gardens, Arizona Latino Arts and Cultural Center, Musical Instrument Museum, Japanese Friendship Garden, and numerous other attractions.
Here are some ways to help your child be ready for school and information on our partnering cultural organizations, in English and Spanish.
For more information, call 602-256-4388, TTY 711.
The city of Phoenix continues to take action against COVID-19 as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and local government. Events are subject to change or cancellation based on these recommendations.