$10,000 Grant: Benefits STEM Family Activity Nights. This program provides exposure and learning opportunities to families with children 5-years-old and younger living 100 – 200% below the federal poverty level in Mesa in science, technology, engineering and math in the state STEM network. The grant provides funding to support staff training and development, and once-a-month family nights.

These families struggle on a daily basis but the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced them to close the Early Education classrooms temporarily, brought on a new wave of job loss, food insecurity and high anxiety.