Special to AFN

Children OF Hope Child Development Center in Ahwatukee is making plans to celebrate its 10th anniversary.

The school, 2601 E. Thunderhill Place, is part of Esperanza Lutheran Church and was founded by a church member, Cindy Komar.

Preschool director Lynn Hockenberger and two of the school’s eight teachers—Karin Kammerzell and Lisa Krach—have been with Children of Hope since it started,

“I feel blessed each day to work with this fabulous group of teachers and to serve the children and families of Ahwatukee during these most important early years of education,” Hockenberger said.

Children of Hope serves children ages 2-5.

“Teachers carefully plan each lesson based on Arizona Early Learning Standards, First Things First Quality First Standards and the National Association of the Education of Young Children Standards to ensure kindergarten readiness of each child,” said Tara Martinez, president of the school’s parents council.  

The school will hold a formal anniversary celebration in February and “alumni and current students will play an important role in this celebration as valued members of the school’s history,” Martinez said.  

One of the school’s unique programs is called f, which enlists both children and staff in supporting a charitable organization through donations brought to chapel time each month.

The school boasts of a program that “nurtures the students’ spiritual, social-emotional, cognitive and physical growth through a child-centered developmental curriculum” that “will foster a life-long love of learning.”

It also focuses on building “a strong Christian foundation” through Bible stories, songs and prayers.

Information: childrenofhopecdc.com, childrenofhope@myesperanza.org, 480-759-1515

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